Hand Tools

Subject:
Re: baseball and dovetails

Derek Cohen (in Perth, Australia)
Bill, I agree with yours and Wiley identifying that a wide chisel can cause a problem, especially as the wood becomes harder. For tails I generally use what fits, while for pins I prefer using a 1/2" wide chisel. Thinner slices are the key to avoiding damage to the bevel edge.

As Eliot notes, there are plenty of examples of Oak being used in drawers, especially drawer fronts. Interlocked grain is indeed more difficult, but I have spend much of my woodworking life with such wood. It is doable, as long as one respects the wood grain, and proceeds carefully (as I demonstrated earlier).

Regards from Perth

Derek

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