I do basically as you describe Ron. If they are only 10 thou over, tapering probably isn't necessary but then, lining them up before whacking them can be a challenge. I taper mine by standing them up against a stop on the bench on one side and then drive the chisel across the surface towards the stop; repeat for all sides. Once the little guy will at least set in the hole, you can tap him in. The next challenge is to not drive them too far. The shoulder should be present so as to leave a sharp definition at the start of the dome but, not so proud as to look more Arts and Crafts than Greene and Greene. I always make a few extra so I won't feel bad if I suddenly have to drill a hole in the top of one and screw into it and yank it out before the glue dries ;-)
Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-28-2011 at 09:55 PM.
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