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Posted on stuck dry-fit dovetails

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#1 posted 03-07-2008 04:11 AM

I agree with Thomas too; use a piece of wood and hammer to work them apart…SLOWLY. If you have access to a woodstove it will shrink the wood and make separation easier (just like Gary recommended). Woodstoves suck the mositure out of all wood so toss is near by and give it hours/days by the woodstove.

As a general rule I was always taught to not fully dry fit my dovetails for this very reason. Nonetheless, just spend some work tapping them apart…pick a low humidity day and you’ll be good.

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