Chiseling out the waste

Set the side piece inside face up on a work surface and clamp on a guide block, aligning its edge with the shoulder line. Using a chisel no wider than the narrow side of the waste section, butt the flat side of the blade against the guide block. Hold the end of the chisel square to the face of the piece and strike it with a wooden mallet, scoring a line about Va inch deep. Then turn the chisel toward the end of the panel about Va inch below the surface of the wood and shave off a thin layer of waste (above). Continue shaving away the waste in this fashion until you are about halfway through the thickness of the piece, then move on to the next section. When you have removed all the waste from this side, turn the piece over, and work from the other side (left) until the pins are completely exposed.

Although the Shakers did not have routers and commercial jigs at their disposal, the tools' efficacy for cutting dovetail joints quickly and precisely would certainly have appealed to them. The jig shown at right consists of two templates fastened to backup boards. The workpiece is secured to the jig and a stop block helps with positioning for repeat cuts. Here, a router fitted with a dovetail bit moves in and out of the slots of the tail board template.

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