I'm making some Dutchmen(butterfly shaped) to reinforce a repaired chair
seat. Also, I'm making my own patterns. I have a couple questions that
some of you with experience with these critters can help me with.
1. What is the appropriate height to width ratio?
2. Is there a best angle to cut the sides.
3. Does rounding the corners and waist present any structural negatives? I
feeling that cutting the waist portion at sharp angles may present a site
for failure starting.
FWIW I bought a Chinese made, Shop Fox label inlay set at the KC ww show for
$20. For practice I'm using some scrap pieces of oak. I cut the
hole(cavity) 1/4" deep and the Dutchman from 3/8" stock. Trimmed the
Dutchman close, beveled the bottom and pounded it in. Sanded it down flush
and it really looks cool...
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