Red Oak

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  • #134340
    Anthony Greitzer
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    Wow is red oak brittle. It’s very tough to chisel. I like sawing it though. Some of the rims of the dovetail recesses have chipped out.

    Anthony

    #134342
    Matt McGrane
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    Well, that’s a bummer. There may be a couple things you can do to help with that. The first (and I’m sure you do this already) is to make sure you get a good knife wall at the base of the recess. For the sides of the recess, you can saw with the outside of the workpiece towards you (assuming you’re using Western saws that cut on the push stroke). That way any chip-out would be on the inside surface. If that’s still unacceptable, maybe you could try sawing across the top and then dropping your hand to cut at an angle, not cutting any of the back surface. Then turn the board around and saw the other direction to use the push stroke.

    I’m just brainstorming here. Seems like a lot of work. But maybe that could help or you could use knife walls on the sides of the recess as well.

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    #134343
    Salko Safic
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    Ive never worked with red oak before its a pity when something like that happens. Noce pointers from matt though

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    #134344
    Salko Safic
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    Nice not noce

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    #134365
    Anthony Greitzer
    Participant

    I decided to cut all the pins and tails off. My ends for the tail boards were not even anyway. I just finished evening them up and now I need to do the same for the pin boards. Looks like I’ll be chopping and sawing dovetails late after dinner. So be it. What would I do anyway? Probably channel surfing and wasting time.

    Anthony

    #134376
    Ed
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    In the first set, where the chip-outs caused by the saw or the chisel? If the saw, is the saw filed too aggressively?

    #134893
    Anthony Greitzer
    Participant

    Not sure. If I ever work with it again I’ll keep that in mind. It may have been when I was planing the dovetails flush. May be I should lower the angle of my plane blades.

    Anthony

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