Sometimes we’re so focused on getting work done, that we hardly ever take notice of what happens to the material, particularly the parts that are removed as part of a cutting action. The chips below beautifully show the gradual progression of the chisel when cutting a mortise.
The piece of Norway spruce the chips were cut from, marked and ready to be cut.
Another example are these shavings, resulting from cutting a 6mm groove in the above piece with a combination plane.
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