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As an author, it’s all to easy to write, “saw the tenons on the front angled braces” as described in the Architect’s Table.

The truth is, these long, angled shoulders on the tenons are tough to saw with any degree of accuracy.

I find that anytime I’m sawing an angle that’s not quite a rip cut, and not quite a cross-cut, things can get tricky.

The saw is harder to start and is harder to track straight across the angled shoulder line.

The good news is the fix is dead easy, and the results are instant.


Tenons on front angled leg braces.

Tenons on front angled leg braces.



If you watch the last video posted, The Architect’s Table Part Five, you’ll see that after I knife in the shoulder lines,

I use a wide chisel to cut a small notch along the knife line to create a small channel/groove.

The chisel is placed approximately 1/8-in. to the waste side of the knife line and held at a fairly low angle.

Carefully pare down into the knife line and pop-out a small chip to create the groove.

Take note that I used my shop-made miter box to secure the work piece at a comfortable position beforehand.

(That’s an important step that is often missed!)

This small groove allows the saw to easily track exactly where you want it.

Paul Sellers refers to this as a knife wall.

(no, not the Pink Panther, the other Paul Sellers!)

knife wall


This an easy way to keep your saw on track.

Yes, it takes an extra minute, but the results are well worth it.

Some people use this technique on all of their saw cuts.

If it helps you get better results?

Do it.

If your sawing skills are such that you only need it when tackling difficult angled cuts-

then this technique just made sawing easier.

Try it for yourself and let me know how it goes.