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08-20-2019 02:28 PM

I’m wanting to build Christopher Schwarz’s bar stool
but don’t have any tenon cutters. I found some on the LeeValley site but they are pricey (as their stuff normally is). Does anyone have a source for some cheaper ones? My web searching hasn’t been very effective.

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#1 posted 08-20-2019 02:32 PM

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#2 posted 08-20-2019 02:57 PM

I think I have seen them at woodcraft and rockler and maybe highland woodworking.

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#3 posted 08-20-2019 03:04 PM

You could easily turn the tenons on a lathe. You will still need a way to ream the holes on the stool seat. The nice thing about the LeeValley tools is that he reamer and tenon cutters are matched, so you get an exact fit. The cheapest way is to use a spokeshave and hand fit them, you will still need a reamer. Tapered tenons are pretty forgiving because as you use the stool the joints just get tighter.

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#4 posted 08-20-2019 03:14 PM

Northern tool. Lumberjack tools. And many more. Many sizes listed, various prices

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#5 posted 08-20-2019 03:19 PM

I have a Veritas 1” tenon cutter. They are expensive. I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it. It works great, though.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#6 posted 08-20-2019 04:12 PM

Don’t have a lathe, reamer, or other hand tools for the job:(. I’ve been wanting a lathe for years but haven’t found one at the right price. I may try making some by as an exercise practice, or trying a plug cutter (hoping it won’t break off as I try to extricate the bit from the wood.

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#7 posted 08-21-2019 03:44 PM

You can make a reamer. Easily, I have read. I’ll see if I can find a link. They used something like a drywall saw for the steel.

It was on some green woodworking site. Green, as in not dry wood.

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#8 posted 08-21-2019 05:45 PM

The first stools I made, I bought oak stair balusters to be used as the legs (already had a lathe cut design in them). I made the seats, drilled the holes for the legs, then cut the balusters to length and filed the balusters to fit the seat holes, then made the cross supports.

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