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#1 posted 08-29-2014 02:19 PM

I ve been cutting all my mortises by hand with the woodriver chisels and never had a problem. Is there a real advantage to using one of these thicker mortising chisels? I could see it being easier to align with the wider chisel body, but other than that the operation seems like it is basically the same.

- Tim Anderson


You are correct, the operation of chopping mortices is the same….place chisel, whack chisel, lever chisel, repeat until everything that is not a mortice is removed. It can and has been done using a sharpened screwdriver and I would expect in the hands of an expert a screwdriver chopped mortice would be as good as or better than one chopped by the best mortice chisel made in the hands of the average woodworker. That said, almost any operation will be done better and with greater ease using the best tool for the job. An example would be removing or tightening a bolt, you can do it using a “monkey wrench” but it works better using the correct “SnapOn” socket and ratchet.

A Pig Sticker is like the SnapOn tool, it is designed to do one thing and that is to chop mortices. The shape of the handle and the iron have evolved over time to maximize the efficiency of that job.

Of course as always…..YMMV.


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