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As I got such good advice about hand saws, I was hoping for a little more about chisels - for paring dovetails and for chopping mortises.
I have some Record/Marple bench chisels - those with the blue plastic handles - which have served well in the limited uses I've put them to in my machine-oriented WW to-date. Am I right in thinking that:
* These chisels are no good for chopping mortises, in the long run at least.
* One or more could be reground to a 15-20 degree bevel (they are currently 30 degrees with a microbevel) for dovetail paring.
Given I work in hardwoods, some of which are abrasive (afromosia, iroko) what type of mortise chisel is best, in terms of configuration and steel hardness? (I have a sort of yen for those Ray Iles pigstickers but you could easily change my mind with cogent advice).
Is a swan neck chisel necessary to clean out the mortise bottoms?
Should I also buy one or two dedicated DT chisels with sharper side bevels and so forth? Or will the reground Marples be OK?
Thanks in anticipation.
Edited 7/2/2006 5:01 pm ET by Lataxe