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I’m in the midst of making my mom’s Christmas present*, and though I did the machine work at the “office” today, I decided to bring the surfaced and mortised pieces home (the hollow-chisel mortiser is my favorite power tool) and cut the tenons by hand. Yes, I could have cut them on the table saw, but these are offset tenons on small pieces, and I know I can cut them by hand more safely, accurately and quickly than I can get the table saw set, then reset for the second cheek.

So with my tenons marked out, I notched a V (following Robert Wearing’s tenoning advice in “The Essential Woodworker”) and secured the workpiece in my leg vise, leaned over, then couldn’t see my cutting-gauge line. My body, in sawing position, blocked the light. My shop, you see, is also my study. And the only illumination is from the ceiling light in the middle of the room and the glow from the computer screen.



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