Tapered tenon cutter & mortise reamer #1: Cutter body from a piece of firewood

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Blog entry by mafe posted 02-22-2015 11:34 PM 5713 reads 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Cutter and Reamer
Cutter body from a piece of firewood

Hi ho there, I will warn you this is going to be a blog as I go project, mistakes will be made, thoughts will be shared and questions will be asked.
Hopefully I will end up with a cutter to fit my reamer, perhaps I might even improve my reamer…
Hmmmm better just start.

These are from the sketch book.

This time with a piece of firewood from my friend Michaels old fire wood pile, where I took a few pieces years back.
First part is to square it up, so I can work on it.
(Please notice I gave the planner a new fence, might blog that, took pictures).

After a few light passes, this is where we are.
I don’t set the cut too deep, so the planner will not dig into the wood.

A few more and we are close.

Once flat you can flip the flat side against the fence and use this as reference.
Like this you will get two reference sides.

Here you see how it slowly gets closer to square.

Once you have the two sides you can square it all up on the table saw to your desired width.



We got the wood ready.
(Thought it was fine to show this step for once).

Then on to the lathe.
Just in the center of each end.
Mark up for body and handles.

Shape a little and pare to make the sides app the same.



I kind of like this.

Some detail, but not too much.
(I like tools that look like tools).

We got a body for a tapered tenon cutter.

Think I will use this block plane blade since I have some extra of these.
The reamer (Jennie Alexanders inspired, thanks) is one I made back when I was making my shaving horse, but I will modify it here and show how to make one.

From the shaving horse blog:

In next part I will be making some prototypes and sharing all my doubts…
But I can tell by now I will love to get ideas about cutting angles and bevel up or down suggestions, even I will try out a few.

Hope it can inspire others to make their own tools.

The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 11:40 PM

Ohhh yeas and there are no pipes today, having had a terrible influenza, so there are no smoking and only out of the bed for a few hours a day, needed a wee smell of wood, but gotten much better now. ;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 11:46 PM

That flu stuff is really bad, Mads, take it easy and dob’t over do it!

Tool looks great so far!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 12:14 AM

Looks cool so far. Smell that wood!

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 12:18 AM

Looking forward to following this one. Thanks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 12:29 AM

How cool!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 01:02 AM

Can’t wait to see the final result. Are you planning on building a chair with spindles?

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 01:05 AM

Ohhhh and while we wait for me look at what Siavosh got going now:
Thank you Siavosh, it was you that got me back on track again, when I saw your version, I decided I had to get mine done also (hope you will share your thoughts on the next part I do).

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 01:25 AM

I’m hanging my head in shame Mads. I have so many things I have made and worked on and wanted to post some of these projects and just can’t set down to take enough time to do it. You continue to inspire me and I appreciate you diligence to organize and present your work. I have photos for my take on making wooden hinges for boxes that I am very proud of and a method of making tools mobile that I just can’t seem to bring myself to put in a blog. I think part of the problem is that there are people that do it so much better than me, but I know I should try.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 01:41 AM

Looks great Mads, can’t wait to see the final product

-- I never finish anyth

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#10 posted 02-23-2015 09:03 AM

Good one Mads. This is very interesting. I’ve wanted a reamer for a long time to make some new shop stools with so your blog is very timely. Looking forward to this series. I will put this one in my favorites together with the male tool.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 02:22 PM

Nice chunk o wood. That flu is all over the globe. Get well fast

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 05:42 PM


-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 02-23-2015 05:48 PM

Episode #2 please!!

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#14 posted 02-23-2015 08:29 PM

I always enjoy reading your blog post, keep em coming!

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#15 posted 02-26-2015 11:50 PM

I’m getting better every day, the flu has been a tough one, but I can almost breathe now.
Still no pipe smoking. ;-)
Notw, thank you, that was kind of you.
madts, almost there.
Candy, posting…
Roger, could it be ebola… lol.
Stefang, that’s wonderful, then I have at least you as a reason to post this blog, thanks. It is always what makes me the most happy, when I see they become useful.
Philip, almost there…
Ken, please make that hinge blog! Don’t ever care if some one are better, if I should care about that I would stop woodworking, I know your amazing works and talent, so I can only say ‘do it’. Remember no matter what level we are on, we are there to learn, to improve, to play and enjoy – and also there are always someone that just started, so at least he or she can have joy of even putting a nail in a piece of wood the right way. ;-)
siavosh, actually I make these now just for the fun of it, but yes I have plans and dreams of some chairs.
Jim, big smile.
Druid, even bigger smile.
icemanhank, hmmmm yes I smell it. ;-)
Lew, thanks, I am going easy here. Also had a clay molding class, so I am working slow.

Thanks all for looking in at me fooling around.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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