Through Dovetails – Cutting the Tails – Page 2
Continue to remove waste
Repeat steps #7 and #8, using even more pressure to make your downward chop into the wood. Refer to the image to see the size of the hole.
Flip the board and chop the material
Flip the board to work on the inside face. Secure it with a clamp. Follow step #4 to make a small initial cut in the wood with the chisel, along the marking gauge line.
Take out a small chip
Follow step #5, using a small chisel to take out a tiny chip right up to the marking gauge line.
Repeat step #7
Just as you did on the other side use the mallet now to make a bigger chop in the wood.
Remove material from the edge
Position the narrow chisel against the board edge. Use a mallet to chop horizontally into the wood, removing material right up to the marking gauge line.
Repeat steps #12 and #13
Repeat steps #12 and #13, moving down the board and removing the rest of the material.
Clean out the hole up to the marking gauge line.
Use the chisel to slice out the wood from the hole, removing excess material around the inside corners.
Check the level with a square
Use a square to ensure there are no bumps.
The tails are now cut. It’s time to fit the tails.