One mortise down, three to go. At least when I took the picture. The first one wasn’t the prettiest, but by the end I was getting good results. It’s nice to have an auger bit to take out most of the waste. Makes cutting a 3/4” mortise much easier.
On a sidenote, I used a LN 3/4” O1 chisel to pare the sidewalls. I know O1 softer than A2, but it seems a bit much for the edge to show degradation after paring long-grain in white pine. The tradeoff is supposed to be a “keener” edge in O1 vs A2, which is presumably helpful for paring as opposed to chopping but I’m not sure the loss in durability is worth it. All this makes the new LV PM-V11 steel and chisels more interesting.