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Forum topic by 12strings posted 11-15-2011 07:34 PM 1176 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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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!

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 09:16 PM

So true. I think a 1/4 inch mortice chisel is the first place in your budget it become necassary to buy a real quality tool.

Some tools can be fudged but that is not one of them. Welcome to the chisel bashing club.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 09:22 PM


the thick blade and the square sides make all the difference in both ease of operation and cleanness and squareness of the mortise

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 09:29 PM

Pig stickers rule the world of mortice and tenon joinery.
You rock!
I guess that ya have a good tenon gauge.


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