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Posted on Chiseling a mortise into end grain

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 10:35 PM

I’m not real clear on how you accomplished this. Any chisel will split the long grain; so, mallet whacks would accelerate that. If your cutting out the rectangular pocket for the cards, then perhaps your chisel was a bit dull and “grabbed” too much wood, allowing force to split the body. I find that hand tools are harder to use unless I’ve got the wood firmly held in place by a vise. Are you using adequate clamping?

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