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Forum topic by KnickKnack posted 01-21-2011 08:25 PM 1277 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2011 08:25 PM

I feel very strange writing a tip, given my skill level, but I’ve never seen this mentioned before, and it’s been working for me for several days now, so I thought I’d share. Apologies if everyone already knew this, or I’m the only person in the universe unable to square off the “normal” way.

I’ve always had a lot of trouble “squaring off” slots I’ve cut for mortises, or to receive a full piece of wood “slotted in”. My chiselwork is terrible, and somehow I never manage to end up with a straight, neat, edge – the holes I’ve routed out seem to interfere.
It suddenly occurred to me that I could make the first chisel blows before I start to route out the hole. I don’t remove any material, but I do then get a nice clean edge to route up to. Of course, I then have to square it up, and that’s still a bit of a mess, but you can’t see it! – all you can see is the initial clean edge I made at the start.

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 08:31 PM

Browse around for the term “scribe line”. Get yourself a marking knife, marking gauge and mortise gauge and you are off to the races!

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#2 posted 01-22-2011 07:46 AM

Buy yourself a dedicated benchtop mortiser…it cuts square ends, and very little chisel work. You’ll be glad you did, and wonder why you didn’t buy one a long time ago…..

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#3 posted 01-22-2011 08:09 AM

just figured that out the other day for myself after no amount of trouble. You could have posted this a little earlier!! :-)

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