|Project by galooticus||posted 08-20-2016 09:49 PM||559 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
First, all credit for this design goes to mafe:
I tried making up a design on my own based on my earlier dowel cutter, but I wasn’t happy with it. A search turn up mafe’s design, which is excellent. This is an attempt to save money by making my own tenon cutter that matches the reamer I bought for making staked joints as described in the Anarchist’s Design Book by Chris Schwarz. I’m making the saw benches now (cutting a leg tenon in the first picture), and this little cutter is working well. The clamp holding the blade makes a nice handle. I clamp the leg vertically to my bench (no vises here) and spin the cutter on the end of the leg.
After a quick protype, I laminated a block from some ash scraps then bored and reamed a hole. I drew a vertical line from one edge to the block to the hole on each side. With a bevel gauge, I then drew a line that angles about 20* intersecting the vertical line and the edge of each hole. Then, saw to the line. I took the resulting wedge and glued it to the opposite edge of the block, making a second parallel face for clamping a blade.
I used the blade from my stanley #5, 2” wide. For my particular block, a wider blade would allow longer tenons to be cut. I’m finding 2” is fine—if I want bigger/longer, it’s easy to use a chisel with the back flat on the tenon to pare further all the way around.
This time I used two coats of orange shellac. Still too yellow for ash. I like working with shellac though, so maybe I’ll order some platina and some dyes for color. The reamed hole is unfinished, though I put some paste wax in for lubrication.
-- Andy in CA