Hey rustic makers. I piddle around with natural sticks once in awhile, but have never spent the money to invest much in the tools that would speed up this work. I have agreed to help pro-bono with the Vacation Bible School set work at our church for this upcoming June, the week of the 10th. So, time is getting short.
This sketch is my vision of what I am to do. I will be making the rustic fencing and gate for the kids, and a frame for the backdrop painting.
I have located the logs, a pile of lodge pole pines that has been given to me for the project, but I need to work them up. This needs to look like an outdoor Colorado style ranch fence, so I will be pulling off of the bark, but won’t be doing much sanding, and no finishing of the surface. At best, hitting it with an angle grinder with a sanding pad, but maybe not.
What I am struggling with is whether to invest in the “pencil sharpening” style tenon makers. For those of you that have them, please give some feedback. They are expensive, and I would need to get a heavy duty 1/2” drill motor to drive them. Total expected cost is around $500 for the tooling I would need, to get a couple of different sized tenon cutters and the drill.
The alternatives of buying the tenon cutter is just what I have done before….slowly hand cut the joinery, but whew, I’ve got a lot of joints, and not much time.
I have seen also the router system whereby I can mount a router on top and use the corresponding plastic die to support the cutting of the tenon. This seems hard to get a consistent tenon, but I am just looking at photos in the catalog, and have no experience.
So, anyone that has some advice, please take a minute and share the tools and techniques that you think would make this a successful…....and short term project!
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com