Just feel like rambling a little.
I got myself a couple of Robert Sorby mortising chisels last week and used
them tonight to finish up some mortises on an end table that I'm making.
Wow! What a big difference it makes using mortising chisels for mortising
instead of bevel edge chisels. I finished much quicker than usual and my
mortises were nicey nice.
Also hunkered down and figured out how to use my Stanley #90 bullnose to
clean up and fit tenons. Again, it made the work go much faster using the
Thanks for listening,
Don't recall how thick the Sorbys are but Jim Wilson's mortising
chisels are THICK and the handles are proportionately beefy.
WHEN (not if) you get one stuck in a deep mortise, make sure that
neither your chin, lips, nose or forehead (in my case at least a
six head, or maybe a ninehead) are in the exit path when you tug
that puppy loose. Same is true of pulling apart a tight mortise
His mortising chisels warranted making a special box just for them
The LN rabbet block plane works very nicely too. The Veritas
plane comes in handy as well.
I wonder how many of us have "been there, done that."
I'm not sure what's worse: the pain from knocking myself
in the face/head, or the feeling that I've done something
so pathetically stooopid.
Oh well. I guess it's not as dumb as, say, sawing your
workmutt in half. :)
Jeff Thunder, trolling for you-know-who
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences
My Sorby bevel edged chisels have always been a favorite tool of mine, so I
went with the sorbys when I decided that I really ought to give this whole
"mortising chisel" think a try.
I love them. Although they are not as hefty Charie B's, I;m very pleased.
They have become my close-at-hand, tool that I grab for even little paring
Yep, it always helps to have the right tool for the job.
If you like the #90, you might want to consider the #92 or even the
new LV/Veritas shoulder plane. The #92 has a longer nose-piece which
makes it a little easier to get a "running start" (tmBobZ) on the
tenon shoulder. I haven't tried the LV tool yet, but it looks like it
has a number of useful features. And if it's anything like their
other recent forays into planemaking, it's bound to be a keeper.
What's funny is that I used to always use a shoulder plane for the
job, but the last tenons I did I simply used a wide chisel to clean
up. I guess I'm devolving. :-)
Anyhow, congrats on the neander success.
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