Veritas Mortise Chisels from Lee Valley Tools

Mortise Chiselsby James McConnell

The Veritas (Lee Valley) mortise chisels are superior in each
sense of the phrase. They’re massive, heavy and may plow by a
mortise in just some good passes. The dimensions, form and
substantial thickness of the blades convey English
“dagger”-style mortise chisels to thoughts, whereas the general form
and size give them the texture of chic Japanese or sash
mortise chisels within the hand.

The chisels can be found in 1⁄eight″, 1⁄four″, 5⁄16″, three⁄eight″ and 1⁄2″
(and as a set of 5). I examined the 1⁄four″ measurement in each A2 and
PM-V11 metal and located little sensible distinction between the
two when it comes to edge retention or total efficiency. (Their
paths diverged on the sharpening stones, nonetheless, the place PM-V11
was the clear winner, taking a finer edge with fewer strokes.)
The rounded heel of the blade may look like a small element,
nevertheless it offers a smoother fulcrum and adjusted how I used the
software to clear waste. I discovered myself virtually shearing with the
edge as I levered, leaving a cleaner and extra uniform mortise,
particularly within the corners.

But it surely’s straightforward to begin judging a mortise chisel from the incorrect
finish and get hung up on the sharp half when the actual query
is, can this factor take a beating? Years of mallet strikes are
the one certain reply to that query, however all indicators level to
sure. Each take a look at chisels exhibited dead-straight grain oriented
precisely 90° to the ferrule to use the wooden’s pure
power, and the hybrid tang-and-socket design resists
splitting and tightens with each mallet blow. These chisels
are barely costlier than others at present on the
market, however they’re constructed for the lengthy haul and to my thoughts,
that makes them a cut price.

Web site: Try Veritas Mortise
Chisels at
Lee Valley
Video: Watch what
mortising looks like from the inside out

From the April 2017 problem, #231



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