|Forum topic by 12strings||posted 11-15-2011 07:34 PM||1070 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
11-15-2011 07:34 PM
This is probably old news to those of you who have been doing this for a while, But I have tried several times to produce a good hand-chopped mortise using my normal woodworking chisels, and was always frustrated and never had good results. So I just don’t build anything with mortise and tenon joinery.
I recently picked up two used mortise chisels at WWI (1/4” and 1/2”) and just got around to sharpening one up and trying it out yesterday, and all I can say is WOW!!! What a difference in both speed and accuracy.
It turns out that mortise chisels are actually good for making mortises! Who knew! I guess having the right tool makes all the difference. I might actually try to build something that has mortises now.
-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!