I just watched the first episode of this project and was wondering why Paul used only a chisel to cut the housing dado walls. I’ve seen a tenon saw used to cut the walls to depth after making the knife wall. Seems the tenon saw would make the work go a little faster, so I’m wondering what the pros and cons of the two methods are. Thanks
Greg, if you watch Paul making the shooting board, he uses the tenon saw to cut the dado walls
I find that there is often more than one way to do something. When watching Paul’s videos, he oftentimes says and then shows different ways to do something. But, I think that as viewers of the videos we become fixated on one thing – the thing we are looking at that moment.
I try to do a particular technique until I get it right and then a few more of doing it right before I really begin to understand that technique. I do the same with the next technique even though it is accomplishing the same thing. What this allows me to do is to make a judgement about what is most comfortable for me in both body and mind. Personally I like chiselling a dado over using a saw. But, I have to admit, the saw is quicker for removing waste for me. However, I don’t like the sawdust the saw makes. I like the “chunks” of wood and I concentrate/focus more because I have to get the chisel to the knife line. I “zone out” for a bit with the saw because I know it is going where it is going. Whereas with the chisel, I am more “zen like” living in the moment because I have to in order to make the next cut.
Therefore, I am aware of the advantages and disadvantages (the tradeoffs) that I have taught myself by doing it myself between techniques which helps me make better decisions the next time I “cut dados” instead of watching someone else and not fully understanding what their state of being is.
Hey, I am starting to sound like a self-help guru 🙂 How did that happen? I though this was a woodworking forum!!! lol
Hope that helps.
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