What way do you put your Tails

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    Mark Armstrong
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    I have prepped up some Ash to make a small Dovetailed box.
    The box will be 10 3/8″ length ,6 7/8″wide, and 6″ high.
    What would be your preference for Dovetails long side or short?
    On a draw for obvious reasons tails on the side.
    For a box I think I got a liking to long face your thoughts.
    This Ash has been hard work. Had some big tear out that has had to go on inside iron set too much really deep. I cannot take a shaving more than about a thou may be less just wont have it. The outside has come out nice.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

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    #19915
    dborn
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    I put the tails on the small end, on the last two boxes i made. However, for the tool chest I put the tails on the short section, but oriented to face you as you look at the box. I think, the boxes look better with the tails looking at you, whether long or short ends. I think the contrast between the end grain and long gives the boxes a little something special to look at.

    #19921
    RL
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    Mark, I would put the tails on the long sides.

    Have you tried a card scraper on the tough areas? It looks as if you have a little knot on the front in the middle? Is that the hard bit?

    Also, is that a LN #7 in the foreground? I love that plane. I have 45, 50 and a 55 degree frogs for it which I interchange with my #5 1/2. Maybe it’s just the camera angle but the frog looks steeper than 45 degrees on that plane? Those are about the only bench planes I use now, apart from a low angle jack plane, which I think I see lurking there on your shooting board!

    Looks like we have very similar tools!

    #19923
    Mark Armstrong
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    Thanks Guys that was my gut feeling for long side.
    The Ash is hard in general. I did Manage to flatten board within 3 thou. Took a long time as I was only able to take the merest of shavings.
    I had trouble after the second pass two knots gouged out went very deep I done the best I could. I will try and localise with a card scraper later.
    Richard I wish it was a LN it’s a No.7 Quangsheng still very nice.
    The other 2 planes are Stanley premiums No.4 with Norris style adjuster thick iron about 1/4″ the Stanley low angle on shooting board has a similar iron both have adjustable mouths soles flat as you like. Probably 1/3 of the price and not as nicely finnished as LN, Veritas and Clifton.
    The problem I have with Stanley’s no where for my index finger. In fact Totes are bigger to take all fingers. I am so used to putting my index finger straight out like on a standard metal bench plane.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

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