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#1 posted 04-06-2011 06:32 PM

A marking knife, power tools for rough cutting and hand tools (chisels, planes, etc.) for fine tuning the cuts.

Even as a professional woodworker, I still use this process (even in the “time is money” environment of a business). Even after fine tuning all my machinery to “get close”, for really fine furniture, that isn’t enough. Another process I use is to use the pieces you’ve already cut to do your next machine setup. For example, when you’ve finished cutting the mortise (super fine accuracy not required – that comes when cutting the tenon) for an M&T joint, use that part to set up your table saw to cut the tenon. Sneak up on the thickness leaving the joint very snug, then fine tune with a shoulder plane. Perfect M&T joints everytime. No measuring required.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"


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