Tenoning Clamp and Chairmaker’s Saw

When I trimmed the legs and created tenons on my two-tier side table, I did so by using a tenoning clamp and chairmaker’s tenon saw. The tenon saw is 2-1/2” x 11-7/8” made from 3/4” alder and has a 3/8” Southern yellow pine sole. The saw blade is from an old Stanley gent saw.

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The clamp is a 9” square dovetailed frame of Southern yellow pine 2×4s with a sliding chop via a hand screw. The hand screw was turned on my spring-pole lathe and threaded with a 3/4” screw box. The 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” keel allows for securing in either the leg or side vise.

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Operation is simple … just work the tenon saw around the workpiece forming a shoulder while maintaining contact with the frame.

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Before removing the workpiece, define the tenon cheeks.

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5 thoughts on “Tenoning Clamp and Chairmaker’s Saw

  1. Dave Polaschek

    Would it be possible to see how you’ve attached the saw blade? I’m assuming a couple nuts & bolts with holes recessed in the bottom of the saw.

    Thanks!

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    1. Ron Aylor Post author

      You’re assumption is correct. There are four countersunk wood screws… one in each corner of the yellow pine sole. I also chiseled out a shallow recess in the alder body and secured the blade with screws.

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