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Log Furniture Tools
« on: February 23, 2013, 10:38:01 PM »
I am interested in building some log furniture for my home. I have been looking online for some tenon cutter and self feeding bore bits for my drill, but most of the tenon cutter bits are $100+ each. Does anyone know of any websites besides eBay that might have these tools for sale. I'm trying to get some at a reasonable price but everything I've seen has been pretty expensive considering I'll probably need two or three bits to get started. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Log Furniture Tools
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2013, 09:45:47 AM »
Tooling like what you're talking about can be hard to justify unless you intend to go into production.

After all,  they're just oversized pencil sharpeners, right?  and there's more than one way to skin a cat........


When I did a bit of rustic furniture work , I used some deep hole saws and Forstner bits and a favorite drawknife.  The holesaw can be put to the end of a branch and the core is left to become the tenon.  You saw and shave reveal the "X" diameter tenon.  Then use an appropriate size Forstner to create the mortise.  Slide a sharp knife into the hole from the 4 downhill directions to flare the hole a bit to match the tenon, eh?

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Re: Log Furniture Tools
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2013, 12:04:13 PM »
Check out www.homemadetools.net, under the woodworking section they have some home made mortising jigs, etc. etc. Lud's on a good track to start out, or use rectangular mortising.
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Re: Log Furniture Tools
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2013, 12:39:34 PM »
This is great Dale. I have added this website to my favorites. Thanks.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2013, 02:39:03 PM »
Yeah its a cool one
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Re: Log Furniture Tools
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2013, 08:41:45 PM »
 That site is good, I already saw tow or three things I need to do. Like I need anymore  ::)   :D
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2013, 08:44:20 PM »
This is great Dale. I have added this website to my favorites. Thanks.
Me too! Great tip, Dale. :)
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Re: Log Furniture Tools
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2013, 09:23:03 AM »
Thanks for the tips. I have found some self feeding bore bits pretty cheap online along with some hole saw bits. Any ideas on a "good" draw knife? I've been looking at a few, but like anything don't want over pay for just a name.

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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 08:58:27 PM »
So you  heat an old file's tip and pound a second tang,  heat the middle and pound it into a blade with a flat bottom.   Turn a couple of handles  out of hardwood,  Heat the tangs , bend to 45 degrees, reheat the tip and plunge the drilled handle onto them for a perfect fit and later CA gluing.   Put an edge on with a slow-speed grinder and you'll have a great drawknife very economically..... ;) ;)
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Re: Log Furniture Tools
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2013, 03:54:26 AM »
Cool Furniture Tools  8)

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Re: Log Furniture Tools
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2013, 10:43:55 PM »
I used to build log furniture for a living.  I have never used a tenon cutter.  What we did was used Milwaulkee self-feed bits to drill holes in legs, rails, and posts.  We would drill 3" holes  in bed posts for rails to fit into, 2" holes in the rails for spindles to fit into.  To shape the end of the rail to fit into the 3" hole, I would drill into the end of the rail with a 3 1/8" hole saw, then peel the rail with a draw knife down to the circle cut by the hole saw.  I would only cut in with the hole saw deep enough to mark it.  I always peeled the logs in a straight taper.  Fatter logs need a longer taper.  Worked very well.  Very natural look, not machined, very tight fit.  Spindles would get marked on the end with a 2 1/8" hole saw to fit a 2" hole. We were using lodgepole pine and aspen.

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Re: Log Furniture Tools
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2013, 12:22:38 PM »
try baileys they have a tenon cutter that i realy like


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