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#1 posted 10-08-2019 02:16 AM

Of course, as mentioned above, you can always use smaller chisels to cut your mortises. Traditionally, especially when using mortising chisels, the mortises and tenon widths were determined by setting the marking gauge to the width of the chisel. With practice, this can be a big time saver as you will have much less cleanup to do after chopping away most of the waste. While I have not done many M&T joints lately, with this approach, I always find it easier to get the mortise to be exactly as wide as your chisel. For me, I find that I was much more likely to make the mortise wider than planned when I used a chisel smaller than the mortise and then I had to remark the tenon to match the oversized mortise. When the width of the mortise matches the chisel width, the sides help keep it square as you work your way in.

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