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Forum topic by waho6o9 posted 01-13-2016 03:32 PM 1069 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2016 03:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stair casing making using hand tools chisel joining

Pretty neat joinery in this stair case making video.

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#1 posted 01-13-2016 03:45 PM

Impressive! The aggressive chisel cuts with a metal hammer were interesting to see. When my amateur chisel hands try to do that, I typically ruin the joinery. Experts.

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#2 posted 01-13-2016 04:13 PM

It really is amazing and i’d like to see their sharpening techniques as those chisels

look way sharp.

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#3 posted 01-13-2016 04:47 PM

Cool! Amazing what a craftsman can do with a chisel and hammer.

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#4 posted 01-13-2016 09:55 PM

I thought before he put that wedge in there was a big gap in his joinery but not so. a true craftsman.

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#5 posted 01-13-2016 10:18 PM

I found that interesting as well.

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#6 posted 01-13-2016 10:41 PM

Very interesting. So much better/stronger than cutting out the entire triangle for stair stringers. Thanks for sharing, waho!

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#7 posted 01-13-2016 10:52 PM

Thanks for the link. What an amazing demonstration of craftsmanship. The edges, corners, and ends of each dado look to be perfect. Given a lot of practice and several attempts I might be able to make one tread and riser dado, but to make a perfect run the entire length of the stairs is incredible. That would be hard to duplicate even with a router and jig and cleaning up the corners by hand.

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#8 posted 01-15-2016 03:58 PM

You’re welcome Candy, the chisel work for the stringers and risers was impressive no doubt.

So true Kazooman! I think they saw the dados to a set depth and then chisel out the remainder
at said depth because those treads and risers need to be flush.

Great craftsmanship!

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