Size: 1/2 inch [12,7mm]
Most mortisers are equipped to handle 1/4'', 3/8'', 1/2'' and 5/8' square chisels.
Converted to metric: 6,35mm, 9,5mm, 12,7mm and 15,9mm.
Some are even capable of handling a 3/4'' chisel, but keep in mind that this is a pretty healthy chunk to cut at one time and may require a lot of physical exertion. Remember that even if you're cutting a mortise that is 3/4'' wide, you don't need to cut the entire width in one pass. A few cuts down one side of the mortise and then back up the other with a 1/2' chisel will be just as effective and not nearly as taxing on you as the operator.
- Faster than a chisel by hand
- Consistent in size
- Strong joints
- Reliable joints
- Looks good
- Large glue surfaces enhancing the strength