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I made this reamer to eventually make some rounder planes. Problem is it gets clogged up with only a turn or two. Is this Normal? What if there was a few groves cut lengthwise to act like gutters to hold the sawdust? Maybe I could get a few more turns before needing to clean out the sawdust. Thanks

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#1 posted 02-01-2012 03:38 AM

I’m not sure that I can offer the best advice on this, but would a down shear action help to clear the waste? i.e. if the blade was at an angle.

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#2 posted 02-01-2012 12:49 PM

Metal reamers only take off minute amounts of material so their swarf grooves are fairly small – but they are there.

Is your wood reamer acting more like a drill in terms of material removed ? – in which case I guess it WILL need grooves to accommodate the scrapings.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#3 posted 02-01-2012 06:59 PM

Reaming is one job. Drilling is another. Your shop-made reamer should be used to dress rough holes, and looks to be well made (love the handle). The alternative would be a bung borer. It is a hand tool. Take your time and enjoy the quiet.


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#4 posted 02-01-2012 07:25 PM

It seems like there’d be a way to elevator the chips out but I’m not the one to figure it out. I would think a gutter acting as an escapement of sorts might help. I’m not smart enough to design an angled blade but if it was hollow with a communicating gutter, the chips might fall from the center. Nice tool.

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#5 posted 02-02-2012 12:35 AM

I would think a bit more steel exposed on the leading edge whould provide more clearance for chips and sawdust.

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#6 posted 02-02-2012 01:57 AM

Here’s a Link to Curtis’s reamer

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 05:33 PM

The link is to a short video by Peter Galbert on how to ream Windsor chair mortises. The video does an excellent job of describing the proper use of the reamer and how to clear during use.


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#8 posted 02-08-2015 11:14 PM

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