I’m ready to start experimenting now with mortise and tenon joints/ dovetail joints. I purchased a mortise gauge a few months ago. Now when it comes to purchasing small hand tools such as try squares and combination squares….Which is better..a 4″ combination square or good quality machinists square or 6″ try square for laying out mortises and dovetails?
I also need a tool that can measure inside/outside and depth measurements. Am I better off buying a Dial Caliper or a regular Vernier Caliper. I’m looking for a caliper that is easy to adjust and easy to read.
When chopping out mortices is it best to purchase a “dedicated” mortise chisel? or would regular Bench chisels perform the job just as well? I am very tempted to buy the 1/4 ” and 3/8″ Lee Valley bench chisels. The Hirsch mortise chisel was very tempting.