(Almost) Effortless Dutchman Keys | Popular Woodworking Magazine

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I I had a hard time making Dutch keys (also known as butterflies), but I love using them in my furniture. So, I have an idea that works well and makes the process completely painless.

Because the pieces are small (only 2 inches long in my typical work), I had them screwed onto my worktable to chisel waste. I realized that if I aligned the cut with the side jaw surface of my manual screw, I could use my wire saw to split the layout line and not have to worry about evening.

It also happens that the falling waste makes perfect wedges, minimizing waste.

One thing to keep in mind when using hand screws as a deburring block or saw guide is that the two jaws are rarely ever completely in line with each other. This is a huge advantage when making inlay pieces, because it allows you to cut a slight taper, just like double bevel inlay. Just hook it to the line and saw. –Ethan Thrasher


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