Sunday, January 14, 2007

Fitting Joints.

Some people, through years of practice can cut a perfectly fitting joint with a back saw. I can't.

In order to fit a joint, a simple method is to mark out the joint on a flat sheet of plywood, and to set up the joint against the lines. This makes it easy to see if the joint fits, and if the joint angles are correct.

So as you can see here, the cut is neither square not a straight line.

This can of course be fixed quite easily with a small block plane. One thing to point out is that the more time that you spend sharpening a tool, the less time you spend cursing it later.

You should check the angle of the joint and check that it's square every few strokes of the plane. The light visible here shows that I still have a little work to go.

As you can see the joint fits a lot better after a little cleaning up.

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