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Forum topic by gdana2 posted 2396 days ago 2023 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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gdana2

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2396 days ago

Making a log bed for my son out of red maple logs. I have all the logs rough cut to approximate size, but trying to master the tenon and mortise. Currently using a hole saw to cut the tenon and forstner bit to cut the mortise. Need advice on how to taper the tenon so it looks better in the mortise. I have looked into the tenon cutters but the Mrs. does not want to sink a bunch money into this hobey yet. I was thinking about using the router or possibly a hand planer. Any suggestions??


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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 2396 days ago

get out the draw knife and the spoke shave.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Buckskin

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#2 posted 2396 days ago

Tom, has the answer with the draw knife and spoke shave.

You could also carefully use a small hand axe and/or chisels and rasp.

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#3 posted 2396 days ago

You could use the above mentioned tools, or what’s called a “broad hatrchet”. You could pare the tenon with regular chisels, or use a “slick” which is usually a 2” or wider paring chisel, 16” – 30” long, a timberframers favorite.
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