I’m hoping to build a chair this year, and a common joint in many wooden style chairs is the tapered mortise and tenon. A reamer is a tool used to make the tapered mortise. After reading Jennie Alexander’s guide on making your own (as well as Peter Galbert’s), I knew I finally had found a use for the junky compass saw I had bought as my first woodworking tool.
For the first step, I tried to form a 45 degree bevel on the straight edge. I’ll be honest, this was precarious and difficult to do with my limited setup. I expect to need to do some more sharpening again in the hopes of a useful reamer.
Next up will be shaping the wooden body with my newly acquired spokeshaves.
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