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.


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.


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


Before removing the workpiece, define the tenon cheeks.


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.



    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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