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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 03:50 AM

I would say that you are trying to cut too close to the line for beginning. Also check that you are not angling the base of the cuts. Some people use a guide block to run the chisel against to keep the cuts vertical.

What kind of marking tool are you using to lay them out? I like to use a cutting gauge. It does two things. It marks the baseline but it also defines the first cut. Some people prefer pencil. If you use pencil, cut on the line.

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