Extremely Average #291: More half blind dovetails

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 11-15-2010 05:47 AM 1160 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello All,

I continued to practice half blind dovetails today. I really like cutting them, or more aptly, chiseling them out. I think half blinds are more fun than regular dovetails, though perhaps it is just the newness of them. I am sure whatever I learn next, will become my favorite. That is how woodworking seems to go for me.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 08:57 PM

If you want to make this easier, there are two things you may want to do. Find three paring 1/8” chisels that you can change. One of them grind the top of the chisel from the normal tapered sides to a 45 degree triangle or less, eliminating the flat sides and resharpen to straight across. This will greatly help you get into the corners. The other two chisels regrind to about 30 degree skew, one left and one right. Use a wet grinder if you can, at least use a slow wheel and keep the steel cool, otherwise you will have to reharden the steel.

Since you are using these for paring and not for mallet use you can put a 20 degree edge and use for cleaning up the hard to reach corners.

The chisels I customize are the most inexpensive that I can find, if I make a mistake, little is lost.

These will greatly help your efforts.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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