Giant pencil sharpener (housing for tapered tenon cutter)

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Project by Chiaroscuro posted 12-01-2017 08:14 AM 5182 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While building my perch stool I used the Veritas tapered tenon cutter (I had their reamer for the stool seat). It wasn’t easy to use because the metal housing is just too small to grab onto and turn. It has two holes in the housing to screw it into a plate or down onto a bench (and then turning the leg into it like a pencil sharpener).

I had a large chunk of walnut available (picked up at Woodcraft as “domestic cutoff”) and decided to make a holder similar to a threadbox for thread cutting a dowel. It wasn’t actually as easy of a build as I had thought and took a couple of days to sneak enough hours to complete the project.

I designed it in a hurry, if you are going to do something similar, figure out a way to avoid cutting though the material that will be turned into the handles. As one of the cuts is at an angle (for the bed that would be hollowed out to accept the wing with the cutting blade), one of the handles is divided unevenly. Also, having the screwed together blank was harder to turn as the screws loosened a tiny bit with the vibration. I also had a catch as I was turning one side which broke a screw, mal-aligned the blank and chunked of a piece of the blank (the resulting housing is no long square and plane – not that this will affect the use of the tool at all).

Finished with BLO (everywhere) and paste wax (on the outside).

And yes, I need to clean off my work bench (I’m very messy in the midst of a build).

-- Todd

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#1 posted 12-01-2017 02:37 PM

That’s a fine way to fix a problem. I love shop made / shop enhanced tools. Looks good

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 12-01-2017 06:34 PM

I’ve been thinking I should put a handle on my tapered tenon cutter. Thanks for giving me a good-looking example to follow!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-12-2021 12:13 AM

Cool! I’ve been trying to figure out how to best use the pair of mounting holes and you are the one and only Google result.

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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#4 posted 01-18-2021 04:57 PM

Bonobo – thanks! I used it on 2 perch stools, it worked well. It’s a little awkward to have the cut run through the handles though.

-- Todd

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