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February 10, 2009

Tenon Clamp

Well I got this together today, and I now need to make the saw.  Salaman called this a curious tool.  So of course I had to make one.

tenon clamp

It is constructed of poplar with a maple screw and birch dowels.  I sawed and chopped the internal mortises and ripped and cross cut the external tenons.  I used a plow plane to make the groove and sawed the tenon on the end of the movable jaw.

I used a fine crosscut saw to fine fit the joints, I wished this would have been done as it would have been handy when making it.  I guess the next one will be easier.

I have a nice blade for the saw but I am not sure exactly how to secure the blade in the handle.  The illustrations don’t give enough information, so I am unsure as to how it is secured.

Then it is on to the Bilboquet.

Stephen

4 Comments »

  1. Pretty cool, but what is it used for? I’ll be checking the Salaman books out of the library again in a few days I guess.

    Comment by Brian Sullivan — February 10, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

  2. Brian,

    Welcome, the tool is used to cut tenons on the ends of chair parts. The piece is clamped into position and a special saw is used to make the accurate crosscuts. I did a post on Jan 8th about the tool, although it is not shown in its proper manner. Salaman has a better visual.

    I am going to try and make the tenon saw for this tool today, then one more accessory, the illusive bilboquet.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 11, 2009 @ 6:08 am

  3. Will the saw have no set on one side?

    Comment by Paul Kierstead — February 11, 2009 @ 11:36 am

  4. Paul,

    I am not sure, the proto type seems to work and I haven’t really sharpened it yet. I have thought about this and I am not sure if I need to flatten the lower side (no set on the bottom)? Good question. After I finish the saw and have it sharp, I can always whet off the lower side if necessary.

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 11, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

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