Monday, September 29, 2014

Tenoning Jig and Chairmakers Saw

I am happy to say I can check one more project off the list as of today. A couple of days ago I got back to work on the vise part of the tenon jig. I trimmed my ends off and added the screw part of the clamp, The hardest part was finding a way to screw the bracket on the inside of the vise, this was done using a socket wrench and a #3 screw tip fit into the socket. I could fit that into the inside and screw the bracket in with no problem. With that done I just added a single coat of oil to the vise and a little wax to the inside of the jig were the parts slide along the inside walls.
With that done today I moved onto the chair makers saw The saw consists of a blade sandwiched between to pieces of wood with a couple of handles,I used walnut for the top and maple for the bottom. In the article in Popular Woodworking the author used a saw he purchased from Lie Nielson. As  much as I would like to do that it wasn't going to happen. I went to Lowes and bought a tenon saw for less than  $20 ( I think it was $14) and disassembled it.

The blade needed to be drilled for the holes but once that was done it was just a matter of screwing it together with machine screws.

I used two handles from one of those cheep blue Stanley planes that was given to me. The last thing was to make a setup block to set the tenon marks to after they are marked, its just a piece of wood with a washer filed down so it lines up perfectly with the bottom cutting edge of the saw.

 I screwed the washer to a piece of wood then filed it down to a sharp edge so it would fit into the scribed lines for the tenon.
The set up jig lines up to the lowest part of the blade
 I did a test run with a straight joint and an angled joint and it works great.I cant wait to use this on a real project.I always seem to have trouble getting the shoulders to line up perfectly when I cut them on the table saw and cutting angled parts is even a bigger headache.


Here are a couple more shots of the clamp.

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