|Forum topic by Holbs||posted 06-24-2013 03:40 AM||860 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-24-2013 03:40 AM
I did 12 mortises today. I feel more natural following Paul Seller's way of chopping mortises. His way or the standard way… I always seem to have trouble chopping the end walls at at perfect 90degrees. The first or second mallet whack is ok. But then my chisel always wants to jutt back towards the center 1/16th” or slightly more, leaving me with a 85degree end wall that I really have to work on to get back to 90.
A.) my material is stock 2×4 douglas fir? I am engineering a flip top table mounted on a wall bench so am using douglas fir as a rough draft.
B.) my chisel? I bought the 4pack Dewalt chisels to have a beginner initial affordable set. I have not yet sharpened them but they did chop 12 mortises rather well out of the box. Just this weekend, I did buy some old fashion Keen Cutter chisels and a new set of Crown Butt Chisels at an auction.
C.) my mortise chopping technique?
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