Hmmm, I wouldn't have recommended getting a paring chisel
for the first chisel - you can make paring cuts with a
bench chisel, but it's usually not a good idea to pound
on a paring chisel with a mallet.
Anyway, to remove the wood between the fingers, you basically
go straight down with the chisel, going half way thru from one
side and then from the other. Ideally your kerfs are precise,
and if it's a half inch spacing then you use a half inch chisel
In practice, if you're even a little narrow the chisel will
bind, and you'll end up using a narrower one, then paring the
sides to the right width. However, it's easier to keep every
thing straight if there's some overlap (i.e. two cuts of 3/8
to make 1/2 rather than two of 1/4).
You can use a paring chisel, either hitting it with the butt
of your hand, or gently with a mallet, but a bevel edge
bench chisel would be the more suitable tool. You'll want
to take out chips to make a V groove by first making a
vertical cut on your line, then an angle cut in the waste,
and repeating until you're close to the middle. Then turn
over and do the same from the other side.
I agree. This jives with the U2B videos I've seen. I understand
about the paring chisels. That why I bought a 1/4" paring chisel.
It's that "going half way thru from one side and then from the other",
chisel that I'm looking for. Heck, I'll go 3/8" fer a 1/2" joint, no
problem. The U2B vid I watched also did that.
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