|Forum topic by hackery||posted 06-20-2016 08:03 PM||472 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
06-20-2016 08:03 PM
I am hoping someone on here can help me as this problem is driving me crazy!!
I can cut and fit through dovetails in pine all day long with no real problems however I decided to try and make a little box from walnut and cherry and the walnut is giving me lots of trouble.
I start with the pins first method as I use a little brass dovetail marker gauge and that’s how it lays them out. The shoulders are marked with a razor sharp marking knife so nice and deep(ish) ready to deepen with my chisel. I cut as much waste out that I can with a coping saw and then start the chisel work…. with the walnut no matter how delicate and I mean super delicate I am with the chisel and mallet (Thor soft faced rubber hammer) and ensuring that I am well between the saw kerfs one of my pins always snaps / pops off. I have cut at least 50 dovetail joints in pine the last few months and never had this happen but with the walnut it keeps happening and I don’t know what I am doing wrong.
I even tried rotating the work as test in case it was something to do with cutting with the grain vs cross cutting but the same issue occurs. Walnut is ultra expensive here and literally only one place that sells hardwood in the whole of the country (Northern Ireland) and it’s miles away so rather than continuing to to waste wood not understanding what I am doing wrong I thought I would ask here for anyone that can shed some light on the problem.
Please save my sanity!
-- Notice woodworker and now metal worker - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK