After using a plunge router to cut some largish mortises, I proceeded to patiently chop out the round corners with my bevel edge chisels. No matter how firmly I held the chisel it consistently twisted away from the mortise wall, digging deeper into the corners, making it tough to keep the corners nice and square.
The Revelation: this is why “mortise” chisels have no bevel! Yes? No?
Some time ago, a very thoughtful friend gave me a gift of a set of old Buck Brother’s mortise chisels. They are a little beat up and mostly have no handles but are perfectly restorable. I have not made any handles for the lack of a lathe. (Yes, I know I could whittle them.) As I don’t often need a lathe I am thinking about an attachment I saw for turning on a drill. Seems as though one might be suitable for occasional light use on small items such as this. I saw one (the brand name escapes me) that has a table that attaches to the DP table, a vertical tool rest, and a center for the lower end of the work piece.
The Question: are these any good? Any brand names? Or is this a good excuse (as if I really need one)to buy a small lathe?
Thank you, JohnD