Problem with sawing pins

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    David Perrott

    My dovetails don’t look as good as Paul’s! I was wondering about fixing the pins. Since I cut the tails first, its ok if a stray from the rake/lines since I will match the pin to it. Sometimes when sawing the pins I stray from the line. If this happens, it is on the waste side. Should I then just pare to the line?


    George Bridgeman

    Hi David,

    Absolutely. As long as you’re on the waste side, you’re fine. Just take a sharp chisel and pare to the line. Keep test fitting until you get a good tight fit but be careful to not try to persuade the wood too much or you can split your tail or pin board.

    Have fun with it and post the results!


    "To know and not do is to not know"

    David Perrott

    Thanks.Sadly I know about splitting the wood, because too tight of a fit. Not sure why it took so long for me to realize i should just pare the pins. Once I started trying to be very precise and methodical the lightbulb went off! Thanks

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