Yes this one has been on my list ever since I saw it illustrated in Salaman”s book and I did a more detailed sketch on page 48 of Shepherds’ Compleat Early Nineteenth Century Woodworker originally published in 1981.
Richard McDonald did the turning in hard maple for me, and Mark Schramm made the special long spokeshave blade, similar to these but 4″ long with short 1″ tangs. [If you are interested in one of these blades send me an email.]
The layout was interesting and a bit challenging to get the cutting edge near the center line of the turning. I drilled the through holes with gimlet bits starting with my smallest and working up a couple of sizes. I then worried the square holes with a small 1/8″ chisel and used the ends of the tangs to scrape the holes to their final shape.
I then had to cut off some of the lower tang so it did not protrude from the wood on the back side. I waited until it was fit up before I sharpened the blade with a file and honed it on a whetstone.
I had to make a recess for the chips to escape and not clog up the works as it cuts the taper. I used a small gouge to carve the shape then one of my Tombstone Scrapers to smooth it out and deepen the channel.
All in all, I am happy with how it turned out and how well it works, even though it was not the easiest tool I have ever made it is finally off the list.
Now where is that list to see what is next up?