Half-blind dovetail demo – extra

Boundaries of sockets defined with angled backsaw cuts, then scoops made with bowsaw.
Boundaries of sockets defined with angled backsaw cuts, then scoops made with bowsaw.

In the two part half-blind demo post, I created the sockets entirely with the chisels. However, I will often use a back saw to define the edges of the sockets. Because this is not a through cut, you will only go down roughly half way. When dealing with tough stock such as bubinga or the highly-figured mahogany shown here, I will also scoop out part of the material using my bowsaw. That saves a bit of wear and tear on the chisel edges and the aging operator’s joints.

Result of boundary cuts and scoops.
Result of boundary cuts and scoops.

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