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Posted on Second attemp at 1/2 blind dovetails

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#1 posted 10-15-2018 11:18 PM

My biggest slow down on half blinds is cutting the waste away flat and level, so much chisle work, then fitting, more chisel work, and finally you get to the proper depth, then all you have to do is maintain that across the width, and depth of the joint. Major PIA.

I saw an article a long time back, I think it was “the Schwarz” and he was using a Forstner bit on a drill press to “perfectly” establish that cut line, and then all you have left is some minor trimming to reach where the round bit doesn’t fit. It was like a HUGE lightbulb went off. Took the work part right out of them.

Raising the Moxon is a great deal. That “where my knuckles touch the top of the bench” BS, is just that BS. Especially if you are a big/tall Man. You don’t need to be pushing your legs like with hand planing. You are just standing, or sitting tappin on chisels, a little saw action….. Have it right there where you can see/hear, and smell it.

Tails first is right. Don’t let’s those pins first bastards sway you.

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