I decided to break the monotony today and try something a little different. I know I’ve seen this before but I don’t remember where so I won’t take credit for it. I think it’s a pretty neat looking joint, but probably not as strong as a traditional dovetail. The final result turned out pretty good too! I also experimented with some more techniques as well. I’ve been starting my saw cuts from the right side of the board and moving left for one half of the pin/tail and then shifting my stance and return across the board from left to right for the other half of the pin/tail. I noticed that my joints seemed to be looser on my right to left cuts which I attributed to the saw falling into the scribe line since my thumb guiding the saw is on the opposite side. I decided to try reaching over the saw with my left hand to put my thumbnail in the scribe line like I do with the left to right cuts. It feels a bit awkward, but really seemed to help. One other thing I noticed and would like some feedback on is how everyone pares their pins (or tails for those who do it backwards :). I think during my first couple of attempts I pared down the pin along the grain. Then I started paring across the grain. I think I switched becuase it seemed to cut better this way and avoids the possibility of the chisel following the grain and taking too much material. However, I think it actually works better this way since it keeps the pins more square. Thoughts?
I think my next step is a half blind joint.
Continuing the pursuit…..
-- Aaron in TN -http://www.amwellsfurniture.com