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Select your guide material carefully

Select your guide material carefully

Pick the right guides
By gluing up four pieces to create the guide opening, you size it perfectly and create precise 90° corners. Depending on the application, make the end and side guides from hardboard or MDF. Both materials provide smooth edges. Use 1/4" hardboard guides [top drawing] when you need to see into small, shallow mortises such as those used for holding decorative square buttons. For larger, deeper mortises, 3/4" MDF [bottom drawing] provides a broader support surface for the back of your chisel, keeping the tool vertical as you pare the full depth of the walls.


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The enlarged image would not come up on my computer so I cannot see the details. Also the description is not that good.

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