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#1 posted 08-26-2012 03:57 AM

I basically do it the way Tommay Mac does them.

1st establish a square hole (square to the project, square in its demensions) in your desired location, and desired method. Either HC mortiser, drill/chisels, or a square mortise chisel used with a hammer/mallet.

2nd then cut out out a long square piece of stock to the almost exact demensions as the pre formed square hole. Then use a hand saw to cut the thin strip in approx 1/2”-3/4” pieces.

3rd I use thin cardboard. One piece doubled over, one piece not. Establish the same demension square hole in both pieces cardboard.

4th put some (little) glue in the hole grab a little square plug, put into hole. Tap it in with a mallet. Slide the double thick cardboard over, and use a flush cut saw to trim flush with cardboard.

5th remove double cardboard, slide over single thickness piece. Pare approx 45° bevel w/sharp chisel around all 4 sides. Then round over w/sandpaper to desired roundness w/cardboard still in place.

The cardboard establishes consistant proudness, and protects wood from chisels, saws, and sandpaper. I know there are other ways, but this will work. Try on practice pieces first.

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