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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.



  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.


    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.


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

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