Carpentry & Home Improvement Skills : How to Chisel a Mortise

Carpentry & Home Improvement Skills : How to Chisel a Mortise


I’m Robert Markey. I’ve been doing woodworking
for many years. And we’re going to talk about how to chisel a mortise. Before you can chisel
your mortise, you want to drill it. And you’re going to usually do it in the drill press
just so the holes are right nice straight down to the proper depth, using the stop.
You need to get the right size chisel, which should be just a little bit smaller than the
width of your mortise. I’m going to go down the sides. And the trickiest is the corners.
You want to put the chisel a little bit to the inside of the line so when it forces it
back, it’s not going to go over the line. When you get most of that chiseled, stuff
comes out. And you do it by hand to make the sides smooth, right to your line. And then
you can go right down that end. You see our nice square corners. Square the sides. And there you have it. I’m Robert Markey.
And we’ve just chiseled a mortise.

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