Step 5.

Place the knife at a spot on the slant cut approximately one third of the distance from the tip to the heel (or bottom) of the cut. Make a "tongue" cut by working the knife blade downward for a distance of 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Take care to prevent splitting the stock. Use fore-finger of the left hand to brace the stock. Note in the inset that the cut is neither parallel to the grain of the stock nor to the slanting cut, but is actually between the two.

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