Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Small bites and backing

Wiley Horne
Hi Don,

What Jack and others have said—small bites, and chisel bevel 30 degrees or a bit less.

When you’re chopping down through end grain, right at the baseline, especially when everything is clamped down, it doesn’t take long before the backing board underneath the workpiece gets pretty well chewed up. You get a trench in the backing right beneath the baseline—please don’t ask me how I know this. So there’s air underneath the baseline instead of support. Air support brings spelching. There’s a simple fix—move the backing to bring fresh wood into place.

Dunno if this figures in your work, but thought it worth mentioning just in case.....

Wiley

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