Tapered tenon cutter & mortise reamer #5: Tapered cutter - finale

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Blog entry by mafe posted 02-27-2015 02:49 PM 14344 reads 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tapered cutter

Here we are at the grand finale…
Or just me finally trusting I got to understand how it works.
So ready to cut into the wood.

Yes, I actually think I got it and so well that I can make any size or type I want from now in app a hour, so yes it was well worth the ride, now I have to find some projects, where I can use the tools… Even it was not the purpose, the purpose was just to play and understand.

So back to that wonderful piece of beech that I shaped up in the first part of the blog.
First find the center or just about there (Andy).
Hope it will show out to be worth waiting for.
Even I did quite a lot of fooling around…

Now drill a hole that have the size of the smallest end of the taper that you want.

Finally the reamer gets into that hard wood.
(Actually so hard, that I managed to make a crack in the reamer – grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr).

So here we have it.
The marking you can read about in last episode of the blog.

Saw the bed.
(Not the one you sleep in).

Open it up.

Clamp a blade in place to check if it runs as supposed to.
As you can see it makes sweet shaves.

To secure the blade I will like to use the hole in the blade, but it’s a wee to long…

So mark up what you want to get rid of.

I like to cut the metal with a Dremmel tool, like this it is easy to control the heat.
We don’t want it too hot, the edge will loose it’s hardness.

Then I make the first of the cutting bevel here to save time.

Now sharpening on the wet grinder.
Remember to round the ingoing edge, so the wood will not tear.
As you can see I also cut the other end, just so it was not getting in the way and also it looked more right…

Time to kill and a time drill.
Don’t ask me where that came from…

The hole will be used for a threaded insert.
I also made a hole in the center of an old 2 Mark German coin, just because I like these little details as a thing that will make people wonder in the future. (People might think, this MaFe, was he a German, so I guess I mislead them)...

In it goes.

As you can see I took a chisel and rounded the edges of the wood.
Now all we need is to adjust the blade.

Just as if it was a pencil, it runs really smooth.

Taper cutter.

Here from the front, where you can see the iron are rounded.

The taper cutting tool.

Top down.

Here we have the set.
(I made the reamer stronger by screwing in some brass screws).

So we will leave it hanging here among friends.

That’s it.
Thanks for your thoughts, words and inputs, they made the ride even better.
Now I hope I will see some of these come to life here on LJ.

Ok and a little video for the child:

Hope it can inspire others to make their own tools.

The best of my thoughts,

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

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#1 posted 02-27-2015 03:04 PM

Beautiful Mads! I’d love to try to make these one day, this will be a great resource.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 02-27-2015 03:20 PM

Thanks for taking us along on yet another fantastic tool making journey, Mads!

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

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#3 posted 02-27-2015 03:39 PM

Thanks, I tried making one of off these a while ago but my geometry was all wrong. Now I know how to properly make one. I’ll be making one before I start on my next batch of chairs and I’ll share it with you.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 02-27-2015 04:03 PM

Hi guys,
Kenn, just ran through some of your projects, I can see you are the man, when it comes to the Winsors, so once I get there I might ask a few questions. ;-) Really impressed. So I am even proud if I can be at help with this blog and look forward to see what you come up with.
Lew, thank you, I always get happy to see you joining.
Mauricio, smiles here, just one of those projects that’s really nice to make.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 02-27-2015 04:22 PM

well done sir. i’m planning to make some Windsor chairs this summer—so it’s easy to understand the importance of these tools as I prepare. thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 02-27-2015 04:27 PM

Right on Mads. Get over the flu will you.

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

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#7 posted 02-27-2015 04:33 PM

Nice series, and yeah you could use some Vitamin D at the beginning of Autumn next year to avoid any effin’ flu.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#8 posted 02-27-2015 05:37 PM

As always another wonderful tool and tutorial. Seems like an expensive washer though :-)

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#9 posted 02-27-2015 06:13 PM

Great blog Mads and very useful tools for making chairs, stools and a lot of other stuff I can’t think of. Thanks for taking us along for the ride.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-27-2015 06:22 PM

That was a most interesting blog series. Thanks again Mads!

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#11 posted 02-27-2015 07:49 PM

Now that’s a good looking pair of tools, congratulations!

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#12 posted 02-28-2015 01:15 AM

Great post Mads, I’ll be trying this soon. I just bought a book by Peter Galbert on Windsor chairs so this will come in handy. If you are interested in trying some chairs check out his blog:

-- I never finish anyth

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#13 posted 02-28-2015 10:31 AM

Oh crap! Now that’s something else I’m going to have to make. Will it ever end? LOL.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 02-28-2015 01:02 PM

with the same tool geometry you can make a dowel cutter of any size.

-- Kai SaerPren

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#15 posted 02-28-2015 01:23 PM

Well done Mads

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

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