|New slitting gauge|
|Started with scraps of maple and a piece of crappy old saw blade|
|Planed an overlong piece 13/16" square for the beam|
|Glued up three 1" thick pieces to get a blank about 2 13/16" x 4 1/8"|
|Marked out a mortise about 1/32" less than 13/16" square on front and back|
|Then bored out ...|
|... and chiseled to the lines, paring the inside walls flat|
You can see the small mortise for the wedge marked out at the side of the main mortise in the above pic.
|Chopped out the wedge mortise - 1/16" wider at the back than the front|
|Planed the beam to fit the mortise|
When making the wedge, I needed a way to get the side with the little "finial" (not sure if there's a better word for it) straight and square to its sides.
|Used the fence to reference a chisel on the flat surface to slice the wedge flat|
|Then fitted the wedge in the mortise - tiny gap here ...|
|And no gap at the back, so plane a little more off the back and refit|
|Planed more from the bottom of the wedge to get a more even reveal front and back|
|Made a 5/16" wide mortise in the beam, 3/8" long at top, 5/16" at bottom|
and fit a small wedge to the hole
|For the blade, cut a 5/16" wide piece from an old saw blade,|
later hardened and tempered it, then sharpened
|Put it together and realized I didn't have enough fence below the blade ...|
|... so glued another 1/2" to the bottom before shaping|
|And here's the fence shaped and the parts all fitted together|
|Finished with two coats of shellac and certain surfaces got a coat of wax|
|Iron shaped for a right-handed person to pull the tool|
I have the blade's bevel facing the fence. If I need to place the bevel on the blade's outer face, the angle of the blade will reverse, so I'll use the gauge with a push stroke.
Another one off the list ...