Have any of you beveled the sides of your mortise chisels as Frank Klausz
recommends? If so, how did it work out?
Did you draw file the sides or use some other method of working the metal?
It is difficult to not believe him when I view his video. :-)
I would never do that. I have put a few miles on my favorite mortise chisel
and I find that the straight sides help me keep the mortise walls clean and
straight. I can cut a mortise so clean and fast with it I just can't see
how beveling the sides would help (assuming you mean the steel - I have the
video but I haven't seen it in a while). I also have an old one(Marples, I
think) that does have beveled sides and the damn thing tends to wander all
over for me). If you mean flattening the sides of the handle - definitely.
It provides a subconscious alignment aid to help you keep the mortise
: Have any of you beveled the sides of your mortise chisels as Frank Klausz
On my web site is a discussion about this point. Please look under
'Mortising by Hand' - 'Finish of Chisel Walls'.
In brief, to use such a chisel, as it penetrates it needs to move along the
mortise in a direction away from the bevel.
: Did you draw file the sides or use some other method of working the metal?
Depending on the hardness of the chisel's temper, this might be difficult,
and is likely to prematurely wear the file.
Jeff Gorman, West Yorkshire, UK
Email address is username@ISP
username is amgron
ISP is clara.co.uk
Thanks for the response. I learned from Paul Sellers at Homestead Heritage.
He uses blue handled Marple bench chisels. I built a rocking chair there
using the Marples. I suppose the whole discussion is somewhat academic in
OBTW, the chair had 42 m&t joints. It really wasn't that much work. I will
say that the LN Independence back saw and the LN 140 skewed plane (my own
tools) were a big help.
How's that for a drive-by? ;~)
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