I am not opposed to methodically chopping waste from my dovetails as they come out as clean as I can make them and I am quite pleased with the result.
I have been playing around with fret sawing out the waste (to move things along a little faster). I am currently leaving about 3/32-1/8″ of material to be chiseled out.
I have tried in maple, ash, oak, and poplar, and each time I experience excessive “childs tooth” socket tear out. I am using very sharp chisels (25 degree) and trying to nibble off small amounts, but by the time I get to the shoulder the breakout has already started.
Is there a technique to avoid this or is this method prone to more tear out? Even though nobody will see it, I do not like knowing it is there.
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