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#1 posted 08-29-2014 07:01 AM

Usually when I mortise by hand it’s a delicate operation
with a short mortise with tender shoulders and I use
registered or sash mortise chisels. The pigsticker’s
geometry would get in the way.

I have mortising machines. Still, mortising by hand with a
heavy chisel made for the job is good fun and
I recommend hand mortising as a skill. It can
help liberate us from the shackles of table
saw type thinking… if you can cut a weird
mortise by hand you can cut a weird tenon and
before you know it you’re building curved stuff,
hacking together rough joints in odd functional
wood objects, making anything you like despite
your machines.

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