I inspect my lumber before I run it through the jointer or planer, looking for any grit or metal. So I was surprised to suddenly get a chip in my jointer blades. After looking more closely, I realized that the end of the plank had a few small grains of sand in it, probably picked up while it was standing on end in the lumberyard. Now I make it a practice to cut off about 1/4 in. from both ends, just to be safe.
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In this video Matt methodically takes you through the pins first approach to dovetails that the North Bennet Street School is known for. Matt demonstrates proper sawing technique and how to efficiently and effectively chisel out the waste.