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Forum topic by Padre posted 12-02-2009 03:46 AM 1155 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2009 03:46 AM

I am going to be building a simple 4 legged stool, and I came across a plan, but it calls for a ‘hand reamer’ to make a hole in the seat that is narrower on the inside than and wider on the outside. I found some reamers on line for a hand brace, but I don’t have one. Any ideas?

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 04:31 AM

You could probably make one with a steel blade clamped in a dowel. Drill the hole close to size on the angle then, ream it to finish size.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 09:39 AM

Try the internet under “bridge reamner” and also check Lawson Products. See if you can find the degree of taper as they come in varying tapers. Good luck.

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 08:06 PM

Thank you!!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 08:16 PM

You could use a straight sided hole and saw a split or slot in the tenon of the leg to accept a tapered wedge which would tighten the tenon in the hole as you drive it in. Like the wedge in a hammer or ax handle. If the mortise is all the way through the seat you can put the wedge in from the top. If it is blind you can start a smaller wedge in just before you insert the tenon into the hole. As you pound the leg in the wedge will bottom out and move into the slot. Watch the wood grain to avoid splitting as the wedge is driven home.

Check garage sales and flea markets for drill braces. There are always some there at a cheap price.

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 11:14 PM

This is a bit unorthidox…but… Rent a pipe reamer from your local rental yard…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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