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Blog entry by emart posted 278 days ago 1047 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After having to cut all the tenons by hand on my shaving horse i decided I never want to do that again and when i got paid for a quick welding job I picked these up for $65 including shipping. As far as the age and manufacturer of these tools i have no clue all I can tell is they are most likely cast iron. Here are some photos of them after I spent a couple hours cleaning them up and getting all the stubborn screws free again:

I’m half tempted to replace the machine screws with some stainless ones so they don’t seize up again in the near future. these should work well with my great grandfather’s old hand brace.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 278 days ago

The tenon cutter looks like an AA Woods, not so sure about the pointer.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#2 posted 278 days ago

interesting machine. How exactly does it work?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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emart

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#3 posted 277 days ago

@kaer what you do it you put the pencil sharpener looking bit into a brace and it puts a rounded point on the wood then you go in with the adjustable cutter and it shaves down the wood to make the tenon. its a nice design which is still being made to this day…. though im sure they no longer use cast iron for the mechanisms

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#4 posted 277 days ago

Thats quite clever. But what is the other part for then?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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WayneC

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#5 posted 277 days ago

Very cool. I have purchased a few lately as well.

The hollow auger (on left) cuts the tenon. The spoke pointer (on the right) rounds the end to a point so you can start the hollow auger.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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emart

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#6 posted 277 days ago

@kaerlighedsbamsen heres a video of some similar to mine in use. I will post some pictures of my first few attempts once i sharpen the blades right now they couldnt cut butter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVxo4qxq8jc

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#7 posted 277 days ago

What a smart concept. Can it do angled tennons as well? (just spent half a day constructing a MacGyver machine for just that..)

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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emart

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#8 posted 277 days ago

it probably could if you set the blank up properly also please post pics of your machine

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#9 posted 277 days ago

Sure will. I have a project on the way and there will be pictures of the machine.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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emart

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#10 posted 276 days ago

Well I had an interesting time trying to find new screws for the tenon cutter and hollow auger. It seems they both use oddball size threads with do not line up with common standard or metric sizes i could find at the hardware store. I will try going to tacoma screw tomorrow to see if i can find some that will fit and of not i will just buy some taps and bore new threads into them.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#11 posted 269 days ago

Just wanted to come back and show the promised images of my machine: http://lumberjocks.com/kaerlighedsbamsen/blog/38302

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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