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#1 posted 04-24-2013 06:26 PM

I don’t see why you couldn’t do it that way. Remember, doing it this way your measurements have to be ‘dead nutz’. The maple table I’m working on now had some soft areas, combined with the same crap chisels I know exactly of what you speak. What are you using (species) for the butterflies? Make sure you mark them so you keep them in the same orientation as you have them traced and in the same hole. Using a coping saw you need to keep it at a right angle so the walls of the hole are straight. Here’s a suggestion, why not use dowels or a biscuit jointer and then do the butterflies as a secondary joint and not go all the way thru the table top. If it’s 8/4, then do a 4/4 butterfly in black walnut or something colorful like that.


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