Wooden Reamer

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Blog series by siavosh updated 01-30-2015 06:34 AM 2 parts 5471 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Getting the blade ready

01-26-2015 06:41 AM by siavosh | 1 comment »

I’m hoping to build a chair this year, and a common joint in many wooden style chairs is the tapered mortise and tenon. A reamer is a tool used to make the tapered mortise. After reading Jennie Alexander’s guide on making your own (as well as Peter Galbert’s), I knew I finally had found a use for the junky compass saw I had bought as my first woodworking tool. For the first step, I tried to form a 45 degree bevel on the straight edge. I’ll be honest, this was precarious and difficult...

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Part 2: Wrapping it up

01-30-2015 06:34 AM by siavosh | 4 comments »

With the blade ready, it was time to finally really use my new spokeshave. The result isn’t as elegant as I hoped for, but it seems to do the trick. The compass blade provides a very slight taper, but I think that’s what’s recommended for most chair work. We will see. << Sorry about the side ways pictures! >> Next, I’m hoping I can start to work on the matching spindle shaver to make a matching tight tenon.

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