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Forum topic by needshave posted 03-10-2017 03:28 AM 764 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2017 03:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw shaping oak chisel

I want to cut lambs tongue on a number of Oak Legs. Any recommended or know procedures? My first thought ws to simply machine it in, but after some thought was to build a cradle for the leg so the the edge to be chamfered, could be cut on a band saw. However, I have not proceeded to prove this out.

The second thought was to use a coping saw to cut the tongue and a draw knife to cut the chamfer, then of course the rasp and sanding clean up the sins.

Any thoughts or experiences in this task? Appreciate your thoughts…..

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#1 posted 03-10-2017 03:42 AM

I just use a wide chisel.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#2 posted 03-10-2017 03:50 AM

I mark the pattern with a home made tool on both sides of the blank, and then slowly carve to the line. Make sure to keep the bevel on the chisel down and use it for leverage to follow the lines. I didn’t even need a rasp when complete.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#3 posted 03-10-2017 04:22 AM

draw knife – how looooooong is that tongue?

I’ve done this with a coping saw, a gouge or two and rasps, little bit of sanding – not much because you can screw it up. Paul’s got a nifty pattern tool for this job. I drew a pattern on a piece of paper, cut it out and traced it on the wood then started cutting. Any number of ways to tackle it. Just take your time.

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#4 posted 03-10-2017 05:11 AM

depends how long the tongue and bevel will be. I did a 24” or so lambs tongue on my moxon. I used a fret saw for the tongue and a spokeshave for the bevel.

If it’s just the tongue like in Paul’s work I’d have to try a couple different ways on scraps and see what I like.

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#5 posted 03-13-2017 01:39 AM

All the replies are right on. Make a template and mark each side. I’ve used a Liogier rasp to start and followed up with sharp chisels. If it’s large, and you don’t have a good rasp, a coping saw should remove the waste easily. Drawknife would be a good option. I’d try to stay away from sanding the final profile for risk of rounding off the profile and losing the crisp edges. Some small inconsistencies and tool marks are going to be ok. Sharp tools and a steady hand.

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