Paul, I have seen people who split the wood from the end after the vertical chop rather than coming in at an angle the way you show. This is similar to the way you split tenons. Is there any problem with doing it that way?
Paul explains somewhere in the videos that the reason he works the way he does on that operation is to leave the outside/end of the tail the same thickness as the rest of the board for support when doing the vertical cuts. It makes the piece less likely to break off, leaving uneven surfaces that have to be cleaned up later. With the support, you can actually cut the fibers with your vertical chop, rather than breaking them off.
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