The 6 Best Mortise Chisel Sets
This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in February of 2019. A mortise is part of a sturdy joint that’s often used when creating wooden furniture, doors, and windows. It’s a narrow opening you’ll cut either by hand or with a machine, and there are chisels designed specifically for each method. These tools will help you achieve a smooth, symmetrical finished product that's built to last. Here we rank them based on durability, ease of use, and price. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
March 19, 2019:
Since they’re often used for heavy chopping or rigorous drilling, mortise chisels need to be tough. Whichever you go with, you typically won’t need a wide variety of sizes (furniture size mortises are usually less than 3/8-inch), so most sets come with no more than four tools. If you’ve got the carpentry skills (or you’re working on them) to create your recesses by hand, look to the Narex 4-Piece or the Hamlet Set. Both are European-made and feature quality craftsmanship that’s geared toward a lifetime of use. If you’re looking to finish your project more quickly, and can get your hands on the necessary machinery, consider the Powermatic Premium, which are known for their durability. (Or, if you don’t want to fork over that much cash, the Meihejia Square Hole are a viable alternative.) Note, however, that if you want to use these sets with a drill press, you need to purchase the necessary attachments separately. Or, you could go with the Delta 17-924, which conveniently comes with all you need for use with select drill presses.