Tool Test: Blue Spruce Dovetail Chisels

By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 30

From the April 2007 issue #161
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Using a garden-variety bevel-edge chisel when dovetailing can be frustrating. The bevels on the side of the tool are supposed to allow you to clean any junk out of the acute corners of the joint. But the problem is that the bevels are too chunky and you end up damaging the walls of your tails.

Many woodworkers will grind down the side bevels of their chisels to a knife edge or they will purchase a Japanese chisel specifically
designed for this task.

But now Blue Spruce Toolworks (makers of our favorite marking knife) makes chisels in four sizes ( 1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″) that are perfectly suited to dovetailing.

From the April 2007 issue #161
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