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Blog entry by JimCle posted 06-23-2018 03:01 AM 670 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch



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JayT

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#1 posted 06-23-2018 03:10 AM

Saw on the waste side of the line, just leaving the line.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 06-23-2018 04:42 AM


Saw on the waste side of the line, just leaving the line.

- JayT

+1. Also, consider using a marking knife. Even a 0.5mm pencil line is pretty fat compared to it. You’re already scribing a line with a marking gauge (at least I hope you are) for the bottoms of the pins and tails, so why not scribe the rest with a knife?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 06-24-2018 11:55 AM

For the first part either pins or tails it doesn’t matter because you mark the second piece off the first piece. For the second piece saw to the waste side of the line, and yes use a marking knife for marking your lines. Also, I know it’s blasphemy but I use a rasp or file to sneak up on the lines to get tight joints

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#4 posted 06-24-2018 07:48 PM

Using a rasp/file is not cheating.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 06-24-2018 08:53 PM

Agreed about the file. The exception will be if you’re trying to cut the narrow-pin dovetails that folks like since they scream hand cut. In that case, the file won’t fit in the tail board and you really have to cut the pins first since it’d be difficult to get a marking tool or pencil in through the tail board either.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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