Sigh... all that work for nothing...
So I between going out and buying the wood and working on the jig I spent most of yesterday building a box joint jig. It's a 1/4" jig and I did the set up to test it with hardboard.
I finally got it adjusted where it made a real nice set of joints. The hardboard would chip out badly or the surface layer would de-laminate. I figured that it was just the board.
So I ripped the 1/4" poplar down to the size I needed for the candle stands I was planning on building. I grabbed a couple scraps so I could make sure that the setup that I came up with using the hardboard would work. It did not... The poplar was apparently more brittle than the hard board. Every time I tried to cut a pin it would break lose and go flying across the room. (or at least 3 or 4 feet.)
I gave up and moved on to the next project as I wanted the candle holders as a Christmas present.
Any ideas what I need to do to make it work with this wood?
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