Hand Tools Archive

Re: furniture mortises vs plane mortises etc

Mike In Los Angeles
I started out mortising bench planes with a chisel, bevel down (like I'd do a furniture mortise). I later switched to roughing out with an outcannel gouge; that was a modest improvement. Finally I switched to an incannel gouge, used the way Follansbee uses a chisel, and that was better still. It's just faster. So, different approaches suit different situations.

I’m really interested in learning more about what you’re saying, if you’re inclined to elaborate. Might need it’s own thread or might not? I don’t make furniture or planes, but the kind of mortising I do seems to be more like what you are describing in a plane mouth.

Is this something you’d be interested to describe more?

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