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Re: A lands question for Rob Lee.....

Sgian Dubh
Hi Roger, I think you'd have all the chisels you need to do all dovetails from coarse carcase dovetails to skinny pinned drawer lap dovetails in either of those two chisel sets you're considering. If I were buying a set of chisels I'd steer away from the Japanese chisels towards the Veritas PM-V11 chisels, but that's because I'm simply not any kind of fan of Japanese chisels. There's nothing wrong with them, and I know they're the choice of many people, but they're not for me. I've got a mis-matched collection of rather well used bevel edged chisels ranging in width from 1.5 mm (1/16") to 25 mm (1") - I don't think there's more than two that are the same brand, but they work well enough, ha ha.

I think all the subsequent suggestions for things like skew and fishtail chisels are essentially superfluous. I've never owned an example of either, although I've tried using both types that other people have owned just to see if they provided an advantage to my dovetailing: neither offered anything useful to me.

If you find getting bits out of corners tricky in your lap dovetails, as does everyone to a greater or lesser extent, the solution is to use the narrowest bevel edged chisel in your kit, i.e., the 1/8" Veritas chisel if that's what you've got (or the Japanese equivalent) and just winkle that little corner out. In reality you will slightly overcut the depth because you use the chisel at an angle matching the rake, but that is hidden when the joint is assembled.

I also wouldn't worry too much about the depth or thickness of the lands you asked about. For the most part there's no need to get those lands tight up into the corner of either the tails or the pins because you just angle the chisel a bit as you use it, except into the bottom enclosed corner of a lapped dovetail, and that's when you'll find yourself switching over to your narrowest chisel to get right into that corner. Slainte.

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