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Stick Building #1: Making a Tapered Reamer

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 02-24-2016 05:47 AM 1117 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you’re interested, click here to see pictures and a story about a tool build!

Thanks for looking.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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Combo Prof

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#1 posted 02-24-2016 11:38 AM

I don’t know if I should post questions here or there, but I will try here. Do you first sharpen an edge of the compass saw blade before installation? If so how? Like a card scraper? Are the teeth exposed or enclosed? I wonder if a small one for making morse tapers from O1 could be made this way? Just my early morning musings I guess.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#2 posted 02-24-2016 01:09 PM

Sharpened after, like a card scraper. Toothed side same way, as I read the toothing doesn’t hurt.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 02-24-2016 02:25 PM

A great looking tool, Smitty. Not sure I could build a chair, but the reamer looks like fun.

That table saw is friggin beautiful…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#4 posted 02-24-2016 04:06 PM

Fun stuff Smitty. Thank you!

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 02-24-2016 04:30 PM

Nice work Smitty. I think this is a great alternative to the proprietary reamers that are so expensive.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-24-2016 04:44 PM

I don’t know (yet) if a chair build is possible either, but we’ll see. Like it says somewhere on the blog, I’ve never seen a chair I actually wanted to attempt until recently. Square chairs just don’t appeal to me at all from a builder’s perspective, and Windsor types are way outta my league. So maybe this simple stick variety is for me, IF stability can be guaranteed.

Thanks Tony and Mike!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#7 posted 02-24-2016 07:18 PM

And thanks to the non-commenters for checking out the blog. I had mixed feelings about posting a link to an outside blog here on LJs, but problems with pictures these last couple of days tipped the scales.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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putty

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#8 posted 02-24-2016 07:34 PM

That is Cool! How will you attach the blade in the kerf?

I saw the chair in your blog, I like it. It looks like an easier chair for a first timer!

-- Putty

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#9 posted 02-24-2016 07:38 PM

The blade is free-floating in the kerf; it has no where to go when the tool is in use. Remarkably simple tool, all said and done. And I TOTALLY agree with the observation re: EASIER (hope, hope).

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#10 posted 02-24-2016 08:36 PM

Smitty your blog looks great; probably the timeless aspect of your photography. lighting, or whatever it is you do. I think we all want our shops and tool sets to look like yours. I didn’t leave a comment, guess I seldom do on ‘other’ sites.

I have a stack of worn out planer blades; wonder if they would work in a reamer? HSS.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#11 posted 02-24-2016 08:51 PM

It’s the 6 degree taper (or so) of the compass saw blade that is the key. Jennie Alexander is a huge proponent of that angle, as are others that I read on the interwebz.

Thanks for the blog compliment, very much appreciated. I admit to being a bit torn between blog and LJs; the interaction here can’t be beat BUT the ownership of pics and overall content has it’s allure on a blog. Doing both, in some way, might be the way. I’m no Yoda, but he has a good balance going (for example).

Finally, added a pic to the blog showing the profile of the cutter vs. wood body of the reamer.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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