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Re: Solving this mystery of oval bolstered chisels

joel moskowitz
Warren,
You misquote me. You can bore out the waste but that wasn't how I was taught. On normal sized mortises it just doesn't save much if any time. (On big timberframe joints drilling out was the norm)

The method I was taught by Maurice Fraser was to scribe the mortise in any width you want, then use the next smallest mortise chisel you own (max undersize will be 1/16" then part to final dimensions. While I was taught this method by Fraser, it's actually the identical method described in Moxon.

I was also taught to go from top to bottom an a mortise, but there are so many ways of chopping, (which I haven't bothered to compare) that I have no way of saying if one method outshines the other.

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