Just thought I’d give y’all an update since my first disaster. I chose to forgo the dull chisel this time and just went with the hacksaw, vise, and pencil. This time was much better as far as fit, but still pretty fugly. I’d give it a 4.5/10 as opposed to a 1/10 I would have given my last adventure.
Here are some action shots.
Cutting new tails (notice the first ones I did on the opposite end).
Now the pins with my new and improved #2 marking device. Why didn’t anyone tell me good lines result in good cuts?
And finally, the fit. They looked good one way, but the depth was a bit off in the other dimension. Oh well. I was making things worse with my “paring hacksaw”, so I just quit while I was ahead.
Overall, I would say much improved! Though if you start at rock bottom, there’s a lot of room above you ;)
I’ve still got a long ways to go to make something presentable on a real project, but this is at least a step in the right direction. I can’t wait for my dozuki and coping saw to come. After I get my saws, all I have to do is get some decent chisels and find a good sharpening system.