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Forum topic by wheelweaver posted 11-06-2013 05:38 PM 1370 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2013 05:38 PM

Hey fellow woodworkers! I just got an old Ezra Gould-pattern foot-powered mortiser repaired. This machine had been lying in the weeds where I work. Got it cleaned up (to an extent), freed up from rust, and repaired two broken castings (treadle bracket, and right-hand leg casting). I just have a few tweaks to do to get it operational. I made a new hickory spring and it retracts nicely. My major issue is that I have no chisels for it. I would like to get 1/4”, 3/8”, and 1/2” chisels

to work in the quill. It appears to us a No.1 Morse taper. The chisels are solid, beveled on one side. It may use chisels with a relief channel, or chisels like hand mortising-types. I have not been able to find a lot of information on the chisels themselves. Anyone out there familiar with the Gould-pattern mortiser? Many were produced by Smart & Shepherd.

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 03:57 AM

I just noticed this post, I also own this mortise. When I received it it was outfitted with a 1/2” chisel. I do make my own chisels at times so I was going to make some myself. But as luck would have it I picked up a box of brace bits and assorted stuff at a garage sale for 2$. When I got home I found that it had a brand new old stock Gould style mortise chisel in it. I was shocked, I still would like to have a 1/4” chisel so I will have to make one. I don’t think I will be lucky enough to find another one at a garage sale. BTW I use this tool often I love it.

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