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    Square Mortising Chisels

    I've seen these on the mortising machines, but this is the first time I've seen them as a hand held version
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    I've been doing that for a while now. Quite handy.

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    Interesting... although I'm unconvinced about how useful it would be in practice...

    There are some others out there that are similar:
    http://www.leevalley.com/en/Wood/pag...504,41541&ap=1

    The more traditional looking "corner chisel" setup without the fancy alignment aids is somewhat widely used:

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/Wood/pag...504,41541&ap=1
    https://www.lie-nielsen.com/nodes/4175/corner-chisels
    http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops.../cornchis.html

    I think that the L type corner chisel would be more flexible and easy to use without having it go askew... I have a hard enough time keeping machine mortises square with a fence For hand mortises I pare the sides anyway (and think you'd want to with the peachtree ones). I haven't tried using a corner chisel though so not actually sure how much easier it would be than just using a bench or mortise chisel like I currently do (although I've seen some videos of it in use haven't felt compelled to drop the change on it). It does seem like it might be a fair easier to get a crisp corner with one...

    Apparently others also sell a hand held version of the square hole punch as well although its a bit stubbier so you couldn't go to deep... appears to be mostly for cutting G&G type plug holes.
    http://www.leevalley.com/en/Wood/pag...504,41541&ap=1

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    Glenn, Out of curiousity... I'm wondering how you use it - mostly as a corner chisel or have you cleaned out whole pre-drilled mortises with it? (besides - I'm guessing using it for your G&G buttons?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    Glenn, Out of curiousity... I'm wondering how you use it - mostly as a corner chisel or have you cleaned out whole pre-drilled mortises with it? (besides - I'm guessing using it for your G&G buttons?).
    The mortiser-chisel-in-handle is exclusively for G&G square pegs for me. I pre-drill to give the chiseled material somewhere to go and then square-up with the mortise chisel. Mortiser chisels come in several sizes and have different sized shanks. I bought a 1/4", 5/16" and 3/8" all with the same shank size so they all fit my amazingly sophisticated 'handle' . Since I use them by hand, I bought inexpensive ones. I hone them before I put them away after use so they are ready to go when I next need them. Well, most of the time anyway . . .
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 04-01-2015 at 06:16 PM.
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    Peachtree has a special going for these: http://www.ptreeusa.com/edirect_033115_chisels.htm

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    Thanks Glenn, makes a lot of sense for that use case.

    I'm still unconvinced that it would be a good solution for mortices but I've certainly been wrong lots before

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