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Blog entry by JWags posted 796 days ago 2590 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I live in Colorado and have access to a whole lot of aspen logs. I want to begin making some aspen furniture, but was astounded by the prices being charged for tenon cutters. I’m interested in purchasing a 2 inch and a 1.5 inch cutter with the 60 degree shoulders, but can’t justify spending $500+ dollars. (And don’t understand why a chunk of aluminum with a small carbide blade costs SOO much….)

Any used ones out there that could be purchased for a reasonable price?

Thanks for any input!

James

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...



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whitewulf

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#1 posted 796 days ago

James,

Look for old square shoulder tenon cutter, then drawknife the tapers.
This gives more rustic flavor. I did this with a cutter fabricated out of pipe and pieces of planer blade. Before I made cutter, I used a Japanese hatchet for everything, goes quicker than would be expected
I assume you are looking to produce vast quantites..lol.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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JWags

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#2 posted 796 days ago

Quantities? Yes. Quite a lot in fact. I’m not a metal worker, or I would try to fabricate something. Thanks!

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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whitewulf

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#3 posted 796 days ago

James,

My background is tool making, & machining.
There was a time, that I would make them for you, however my health prohibits my doing much of anything in reasonable time.
Too bad we are not closer to each other.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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Rambo

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#4 posted 796 days ago

Is THIS what you are looking for? Grizzly for about $ 130

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SASmith

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#5 posted 796 days ago

You probably already know about the logman jig but if not you can check this out and make your own.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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JWags

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#6 posted 796 days ago

Rambo – Thanks for the link. I’d seen those, and really don’t like the radius shoulder, or the maximum log diameter. SAS – I had already ruled out logman, but hadn’t thought of making my own….
I will be looking into this – seriously. Thanks all!

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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SASmith

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#7 posted 796 days ago

No problem.
I know that it does not cut the tapered shoulders but the price is right.
There are several shop made versions of this jig on lumberjocks if you want to search for more info.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#8 posted 796 days ago

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whitewulf

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#9 posted 796 days ago

James,

After and pondering the problem & reading some of the other posts.
How about loose tenons, boring holes in each piece, and using proper sized dowels? this would allow scribed joints with smoother transitions.

As can be seen from Don W’s post these jigs leave a lot to be desired, if the log is not reasonably straight things get funky.

Would like to see finished projects.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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Shanem

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#10 posted 793 days ago

James,

I made one of these jigs before I was even a member on LJ. It is very easy to do. Make sure you drill the hole and not bandsaw as shown in one of the blogs. It takes some time to get the hang of it and to set the bit the right depth. If it is too high it will not go in the hole, if too low, will give you a tenon that is not cylindrical.
I used it to make a cherry headboard for my parents cabin.

Practice beforehand.

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