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    Jackson
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    Hi to All,

    I am planning to purchase a Ray Iles mortising chisel. For those who have purchased one of these chisels, how much prep work was needed (flattening, honing, micro bevel) before putting them to use. Also, if working with 3/4″ stock, what is the recommended size chisel – 5/16″ or 3/8″?

    Thanks for your suggestions.
    JT

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  • Joshua Farnsworth
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    I would recommend against buying that mortising chisel. See what I recommend here: https://woodandshop.com/woodworking-hand-tool-buying-guide-chisels/

    • Jackson
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      Thank you for your response Joshua. I have a set of bench chisels, a L-N dovetail chisel, and am now looking to purchase two additional chisels (a mortising chisel and a paring chisel) to complete my set. I have read your recommendation for mortising chisels as well as the reviews by the two authors which seemed highly favorable toward the new “Sticker” style mortising chisels sold by Tools for Working Wood. So that I can better understand your response, are you recommending purchasing an antique chisel of this type as opposed to a new one?

      Thank you again for your help.

      Best regards
      Jack T.

  • Joshua Farnsworth
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    Hey Jack,

    Yes, I’d recommend buying an antique pig sticker chisel from Jim Bode Tools…I like a size around 3/16-inch. They are around $30, and better quality than the new chisels (more beefy). He also has some beautiful antique paring chisels…try one around 1-inch to 1 1/4-inch. Hope this helps!

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