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Blog entry by Paul Sellers posted 09-20-2012 05:09 PM 2279 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought that this new YouTube video we did on split-cutting and pare-cutting tenons rather than sawing them would help others to experience an alternative that works really well on most any wood type. I have done it this way for decades now and just realised that I hadn’t shared it as widely as I would like to. Try it in any wood you like and see how it works for you. Some woods, Sapele, ebony, mesquite and such, may not always split straight, but it shows how to cross-grain pare as an alternative too.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog



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#1 posted 09-20-2012 06:20 PM

Interesting technique, thanks for showing us.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 07:00 PM

Thank you Paul.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 09-20-2012 07:24 PM

thanks for the reminder of it ….. last time I used that tecnic for a tenon
was as a 8 grader in school :-)

Dennis

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#4 posted 09-20-2012 07:26 PM

Hi Dennis,
Nothing new under the sun, eh!

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 07:53 PM

Brilliant sir. Good to practice this and read the grain so you know why wood reacts the way it does and take precautions when using the big guns.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 07:54 PM

yes there was …... as a schoolboy I never got the graindirection explanation to it
or wasn´t hearing after the teacher in that minut ….. boys are boys as you know :-)

Dennis

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 08:31 PM

Thanks for introducing us to this great technique Paul. I wish I had just 10% of your woodworking skills.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 08:46 PM

This is a new technique to me – so thank you! I am definitely going to give it a try. It certainly looks easy when you do it :-)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#9 posted 09-20-2012 11:08 PM

Thanks for sharing this Paul, another great video. You said you use this 90% of the time, I’m curious about the other 10%. Can you share an example of when you would not use this?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#10 posted 09-21-2012 03:38 AM

Most knots make splitting unlikely to be successful and so too the extension of grain emanating from and beyond knotted areas but knot free. You can pare this grain doing it as shown in the last example in the video, incrementally. Sometimes, and I didn’t have a good example there for the video when we filmed, some woods have reverse or spiral grain. This is difficult to split and sometimes difficult to pare. These are rarer examples because we most often avoid knots in jointed areas but sometimes we cannot do that because of wood quantity or length. In other words the awkward grain would be non-compromising, hidden in the joint and the surrounding visible wood and would be hard just to not use.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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#11 posted 09-21-2012 05:02 AM

That really takes woodworking technique to a whole other level for me. More, please. Thanks

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#12 posted 09-21-2012 07:19 AM

Always enjoy your videos and teachings. Thanks for sharing.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#13 posted 09-24-2012 07:51 PM

Another great vodeo tutorial Paul. Thanks for posting it!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 09-25-2012 12:37 AM

Thanks Paul, for responding to my question. I will definitely be able to use this on future projects and it seems to be a time saver too.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#15 posted 10-05-2012 04:30 PM

Great Paul.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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