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Need to undercut a groove or mortise? To paraphrase Apple: “There’s a tool for that.” The 1-1/4″ long blades of these dog leg chisels from U. J. Ramelson are offset from the handle and tapered from front to back to fit into places other chisels can’t reach.

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This odd-shaped chisel with two blades rotated 90˚ to each other allows you to cut square-sided mortises in tight places you’d never be able to reach with a conventional chisel.

Chris Becksvoort designed this modern reproduction of the traditional drawer lock chisel, and Lie-Nielsen manufactures it with 0-1 tool steel and precision-grinds it here in the USA.

You’ll pay $75 for a pair of these chisels.  We’re not sure why Lie-Nielsen sells these chisels in a set of two — from the picture we can’t see much difference between ’em.  Maybe somebody can give us a clue in the comments.

Drawer Lock Chisel [Lie-Nielsen]

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Not every woodworker needs a set of fishtail chisels in their shop, but if you’ve ever wondered how to clean out the back corners of dovetails or other recesses, you might want to take a look at these tools.  So named for the chisel head’s similarity to a stylized fishtail, the shape allows you to get into acute corners on either side of the cutting edge.

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