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#1 posted 08-15-2012 04:10 AM

Just my thoughts,
The youtube video is a guy that knows what hes doing and is very fast and good at it, but I dont think he takes the time to explain everything in enough detail for a beginner. The woodtrek video I found the guy uses methods that (to me) are very time consuming and unnecessary, making the process too complex. I did a pictoral blog a while ago for half blinds, but everything is almost the same for through DT’s.

One thing that I do for through DT’s, on all the flats that have been chiseled out. Once I have chopped all the waste out between the pins and tails, I set them back in the vice, and I use a pairing motion and create a hollow (very slight), that way you have two high points, the front and back lines. As long as you dont chop past your lines, everything should fit really tight.

Incidently, I do the opposite of 12 strings. I cut them so the tails are as flush as possible, but I cut the pins about 64th shallow, so they dont stick out at all. That way, I dont have anything in the way when I clamp it during glue up. then it only takes a couple passes with the plane to flush it up.

As for sawing, I am not sure what you mean. The slower you go the rougher the cut is? Makes sense. When you think about it, once you have a kerf established you cant stear the saw anyways, as the saw plate will follow the kerf. How are you holding the saw?

Hope that helps.

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