Well, it finally happened… I’ve been struggling a bit since my first couple of attempts and feeling like my beginners luck was running out. Finally, today I had the ultimate oh crap moment. As I was tapping my joint together my pin board split. At first I was devastated, but it helped me realize some things I was doing wrong. Obviously my pins were too big, but I think for two different reasons. First, when I was scribing my tails onto the pin board, I was overhanging the tails and creating large pins. The second issue is going to take some more practice. I was simply sawing too far away from the knife mark on the waste side. I’ve heard it explained as trying to split the knife mark, which is apparently really hard to do. It’s like my brain will instinctively not let me cut to the mark. It seems like if I let the saw fall into the knife mark it will make the pin too small, but I may try this anyway just to experiment and see the effect. If anyone has any advise it would be welcome. The second picture is after I reloaded and cut another pin board.
-- Aaron in TN -http://www.amwellsfurniture.com