|Forum topic by Brett||posted 10-24-2011 09:29 PM||741 views||0 times favorited||0 replies|
10-24-2011 09:29 PM
I’m nearly finished making the wooden parts for a marking gauge. The cutter will be made from a hacksaw blade (hence one of my other posts) held in place by a captive wedge.
While making the hole in the beam for the wedge, I had to flatten and smooth the sides of the hole with a small file. I did it well enough, but the sides are slightly rounded.
If I’m making a through-mortise (a square or rectangular hole) in a piece of wood with hand tools, how can I flatten and smooth the sides without rounding them? It’s awfully hard to hold a file exactly parallel to the sides to make perfectly smooth, flat, and square surfaces.
-- More tools, fewer machines.