You can teach an old dog new tricks. I did.
The comments were borderline hysterical in defense of the tool-readyness of the Lie-Nielsen planemakers float. As Graham calmly and repeatedly attempted to reassure them, I was reminded of a time when I taught my foreman a better way to mortise a door.
He struck a line around the hinge and started to take shavings, working from the middle out, bevel down. This method can be done well, but only with a very sharp chisel. His was not. A lot of carpenters abuse their chisels, use them for prying or scraping. And joke about it all the while, “Hand me my Chis-All, will you?”
I was a furniture maker before I was a carpenter, so I showed him the way I learned to chop out a mortise.
This works well even if your chisel isn’t very sharp, but only in a shallow mortise. Instead of paring, you’re just breaking up little pieces.
Mortising a door with a dull chisel is like trying to cut beech end grain with a dull float. Sharpness is the secret to success in joinery. The quality of your work is defined by the sharpness of your tools. Trusting someone who says a tool is sharp enough is like trusting someone who says the gun is unloaded. I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m going to have a look for myself.