Fair Woodworking

September 25, 2013

Ah, Crap!

Filed under: Fair Woodworking & Hand Tool Blog,Picture issues — fairwoodworking @ 7:08 pm

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If there is one thing worse than having to use a tailed router, it’s breaking your only 1/4″ bit…

The one time I actually prefer using that spinning demon is when I need to cut a stopped groove.  Cutting a stopped groove by hand is a slow and painful hassle. It’s not that difficult really, but the number of tools, along with how long they take, just brings me down.

Needless to say, I’m bummed to have to go old school on this one.

Let’s talk solutions…

I’m going to go at it with my plow plane first. I say first because although my plow plane is an awesome tool…

The toe keeps snagging in the end of the groove, and at the same time, the heel of the plane never gets near the groove. The result is that the blade will really struggle at removing all the material out of the groove.

I really haven’t accomplished much other than define the location of the groove. The point of the pencil is at the back end of the groove (it’s hard to see in the picture.)

This was the easy part.

We can’t go any further without mortising out the end.

The rest is just good old grunt work with an old fashioned router plane.

Crisis averted.

Now we just need to develop some depth control with the mortice chisel…



  1. A little bit of tape on the mortise chisel does wonders when working to a set depth.


    Comment by ChrisHasFlair — September 26, 2013 @ 12:10 am

    • I’m more of a sharpie line kind of guy, but for such a small job I didn’t figure it was worth it. I figured I’d just use the force on this one.

      The force was a little strong with me on this one…

      Comment by fairwoodworking — September 26, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

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