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Old 08-10-2010, 02:22 PM
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Default Question about corner chisels??

I am going to order a Lie Nielsen corner chisel for my ongoing roubo project. They have three sizes, 1/4, 3/8 & 1/2, and I only have enough money for one chisel. Can anyone give me any advice on the most useful size? I know it is probaly personal preference but you guys have been so great with help I though I would ask.

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Old 08-10-2010, 04:19 PM
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Anthony, I only have one corner chisel - the LN 1/4". I used it the other day to straighten out the corner of a rabbet I had cut with my router. It was okay, but I ended up doing the rest of the rabbets using my regular LN chisels.

My reasoning for getting the 1/4" corner chisel was that a larger chisel could not be used in a smaller mortise, but a smaller chisel could be used in a larger mortise. I haven't used the corner chisel in a mortise yet, though I expect it would work well. But I'm not totally convinced it would work better than a couple of well-sharpened regular chisels, which can be used for a myriad of other purposes.
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Default Re: Question about corner chisels??

Derek's post is worth a read (as they always are)... http://www.talkfestool.com/vb/other-...g-chisels.html
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Old 08-11-2010, 12:28 PM
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Default Re: Question about corner chisels??

I read derek's post. I was thinking about going that route. I do not know if I would be much of a tool maker though. The chisel he makes look like they would work great, but they look like regular mortise chisels to me. I have a set of mortise chisels, robert sorby's from about 1820. Maybe I will finally give them a shot at honing and whack at it.
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:53 PM
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Hi Anthony

You will regret purchasing corner chisels. They work well ... but they are a bear to sharpen. And beware if you chip an edge and need to grind a new edge - then it is extremely daunting!

If you have the LN mortice chisels then you essentually have a longer version of the ones I made. Use those instead.

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Anthony, I only have one corner chisel - the LN 1/4". I used it the other day to straighten out the corner of a rabbet I had cut with my router. It was okay, but I ended up doing the rest of the rabbets using my regular LN chisels.

My reasoning for getting the 1/4" corner chisel was that a larger chisel could not be used in a smaller mortise, but a smaller chisel could be used in a larger mortise. I haven't used the corner chisel in a mortise yet, though I expect it would work well. But I'm not totally convinced it would work better than a couple of well-sharpened regular chisels, which can be used for a myriad of other purposes.
Anthony,

I have to agree with Peter on the 1/4" being the best if you can only buy one. I have all three and absolutely swear by them. I can also say that as long as you make sure you stay square on your lines, I find them to be far easier and better than just using a regular chisel.

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Old 08-11-2010, 06:02 PM
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Default Re: Question about corner chisels??

Thats was I figured was to go with a 1/4 but I thought it might be a bit small and that might make it hard to keep square in the bigger mortises.

I really am being indecisive latly about tool purchases and this is only bevause I have made some purchases in the past that are collecting dust in my shop!
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:03 PM
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I find them to be far easier and better than just using a regular chisel.
Ah yes, Fred, but not as good as my squaring chisels!
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Thats was I figured was to go with a 1/4 but I thought it might be a bit small and that might make it hard to keep square in the bigger mortises.

I really am being indecisive latly about tool purchases and this is only bevause I have made some purchases in the past that are collecting dust in my shop!
That is typical for all of us -- not even so much to avoid "dust collectors" but as we grow with experience we also become more demanding of what we expect & how we want our tools to behave.
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