Taper tool DIY
from old saw blade and a piece of wood.
Making my shaving horse I realized that I needed a taper tool for future projects, so I tried to find an old one with no luck, and then I checked the prices for a new and realized I wanted to make my own…
After some looking at the web I found this page: www.greenwoodworking.com and there a fine version that should be quite easy to make from some scrap and a spin on the lathe, so I went for it.
Thank you to greenwoodworking!
First step was to make the wood part.
I found an old piece of a parasol (why there are holes in the wood), and turned a cone shape, a piece for putting a cross bar and rounded the top for a comfortable grip.
All just by heart and feel.
Then some linseed oil.
Found a piece of old saw blade and a dowel to put through the tool and drilled a hole to fit the dowel.
The ruler is in cm (10 cm app 4 inch).
Cut the saw blade to length with a Dremmel tool.
Secured the tool to the table.
Then cut a groove with another saw that was a wee bit smaller than the one I was going to put in, so I had a secure grip after.
Now the blade could be mounted.
The flat side of the blade was given a 45 degree bevel.
Can also be done with a file…
And here you see the tool ready to use.
It can be used with the beveled side and the saw tooth side out.
The saw tooth side in gives a good grip to the tool.
To avoid the shaves get stuck I cut of a ‘groove’ in front of the blade.
(Make sure it is the front).
In an inch thick pine wood I drilled a hole for testing.
And with ease I could taper the hole.
It does an excellent job.
And so we can leave this post with a tapered hole and another useful tool in my workshop.
Here a little sketch from my sketch book for details.
The tool can be used for many projects like tables and chairs, but I choose to post it under my shaving horse since it would have been excellent there.
Hope this blog could inspire, and a special thanks to greenwoodworking,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.