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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 05-07-2012 03:38 PM 1316 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2012 03:38 PM

I’m reading The Anarchist Tool Chest and wondering about my first tool purchase – a 6mm Japanese chisel. Schwartz mentions the drawback is that they are metric in an American imperial measure woodworking shop. When I got it figured that it would be ‘close enough’ to 1/4”. Did I figure wrong. I can see where it would be inconvenient with a mortise chisel but what about a bench chisel (or any chisel)?

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 03:48 PM

If you cut your mortises first, which is what I do, it doesn’t even matter if your mortising chisels are metric. I have some Japanese chisels, and some Narex chisels, which are also metric, even though they’re marked with fractional sizes. If you are trying to clean up mortises that you cut with a mortising machine, you’ll find the metrics don’t quite fit.

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 04:43 PM

You make your mortises and tenons to fit your chisels. The actual width only matters if you are trying to match up to some other width cutter.

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