Nearly 50 years ago, in my Grandfather’s shop, I was taught to remove most of the waste with a coping saw, and perhaps using a (true) forstner bit on half blind dovetails; the result leaves very little paring chisel work before fitting the joint. “Chopping out the waste” and “hammer” or “mallet” were simply not a part of the routine. We “pared” the small amount of waste with a beveled butt chisel – bent over the workpiece lying on top of the bench – using our upper body to apply controlled downward force through our chest to the hand holding the chisel. This paring waste takes on the appearance of tiny, thin shavings.
How many out there ever use a coping saw or jewelers saw for this? Funny, but my narrow frame coping saw has never had the blade installed any way but at 90 degrees to the frame …. for this purpose! Just curious! (Sorry if this is covered in an earlier thread, but I haven’t time to scan them.)
John in middle Tennessee