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  • #555616

    neil grayson
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    HI,

    Not sure if this is in the right forum or not but I can but try.

    OK so I am slightly younger than Paul and the last real woodwork I did was at school a long time ago. I actually love it and now I am retired getting back into it.

    I am building a Paul Sellers workbench and I am finding that as I chop the mortises the chisel ( Lidl prepared the Paul Sellers way) twists on me no matter how tightly I grip it.

    Is it just me? Am I weak or could it be that the chisel bevel is slightly off and that’s the cause?

    Any one else been through this or got any suggestions?
    Neil

    #555617

    neil grayson
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    Please ignore this. Although I searched for previous entries on mortises on the forum I found none. When I googled it tooke me to a page on this forum. Go Figure.

    Anyway I have my answer.

    #555618

    Sven-Olof Jansson
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    With or without a honing guide, a skew bevel or edge easily occurs. You have probably noticed that as the edge is hammered down the bevel pushes the iron along the mortice breaking the “chop” free. A skew bevel will inevitably twist the chisel during that push, no matter what.

    Being at best an acceptably mediocre woodworker, I find mortising easier with a guide and a flat side mortise chisel that required no preparation before use. Won’t work for mortices >½” though.

    /Sven-Olof

    PS
    Sorry Neil, didn’t see your 2nd message before hitting submint

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Cambridge, MA

    • This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by  Sven-Olof Jansson. Reason: Addition
    #555632

    Benoît Van Noten
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    If the chisel is not sharp enough, it will follow the path of least resistance. Pine in particular is far from isotropic.

    #555633

    deanbecker
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    Take smaller bites. They are easier to resist if they twist

    #555635

    neil grayson
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    Many thanks for the replies.

    I will be checking all of them to try to better understand my technique.

    #555660

    Benoît Van Noten
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    “smaller bites”
    That is a more practical answer than mine.
    P. S. has an excellent video where he is chopping mortises behind a glass.
    Capital video in my opinion.

    #555704

    Mic van Reijen
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    When I googled it tooke me to a page on this forum. Go Figure.

    Anyway I have my answer.

    Out of interest, what page did you find?

    Mic

    #555707

    neil grayson
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