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Forum topic by UncannyValleyWoods posted 11-15-2013 03:26 AM 873 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2013 03:26 AM

I thought about doing it with a mortiser, but it won’t leave a clean surface due to the tap at the end of the bit. Can’t do it on the table saw, since it will inevitably leave the curve of the blade.. I could clean it out with a chisel, but I’m curious if anyone has any thoughts before I go butchering up good wood.


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#1 posted 11-15-2013 03:34 AM

I say no matter what your going to have to do some chisel work.
I would set up a router and some stops, then all you have to do is clean up the bottom corners.
(rout 1 sied, turn, rout the other side.) May have to do a couple of passes on each side to get the width.

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 03:36 AM

Ahhh…I hadn’t considered the router… Good call.


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#3 posted 11-15-2013 03:43 AM

That shape could be obtained through a glue up.

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#4 posted 11-15-2013 03:44 AM

I did two of these in end grain this week. I used a dozuki
for half and then chisels for the rest. If you have to do more
than a few, a router template is a good way to remove the
waste and reduce the chiseling down to just a few cuts.

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#5 posted 11-15-2013 03:45 AM

I’ve always done that type of cut with a tenon/dozuki hand saw and a chisel

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#6 posted 11-15-2013 04:14 AM

All good ideas… I only need four, so a little dozuki action will likely be in my future..


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#7 posted 11-15-2013 04:23 AM

I purchased a Dozuki from Lee Valley and can’t believe how
effective it works. It makes a thin cut wicked quick.

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#8 posted 11-15-2013 06:57 AM

Yep, I’ve got one…I was just afraid it wouldn’t work so well, since I’m not going all the way through the piece. See, I’m must scooping out a corner… However, I can easily cut at a diagonal to my stopping points, then chisel out the middle.


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#9 posted 11-15-2013 09:01 AM

I would advise you try Dozuki. It may well be used for any type of wood


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#10 posted 11-15-2013 09:57 AM

How about a morticing bit in the drillpress? The piece would have to be firmly held in a vise and the table would have to be dead square to the bit. Or, if you do not have a morticing bit,just drill a hole, mark the cutout with a marking knife and finish with sharp chisel.

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#11 posted 11-15-2013 11:44 AM

Router would a good way, also you could use a saw to get some of it and waste the rest w/ Forstner bit on the drill press and clean up w/ chisel.

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