TURNERS MATE-A COMPANION TOOL FOR THE WOOD LATHE-IT MEASURES AND CUTS TENONS WITHOUT THE NEED FOR ANY OTHER MEASURING TOOL.
Greg Stirling designed and developed Turners Mate 35 years ago to improve the process of making tenons for Windsor chairs, settees, stools and cricket tables. In that time he has made, in various diameters, 70 to 80 thousand similar joints. The tool has been a great companion in his busy workshop practice. It has been pivotal to the economics of his small wood working business, where traditional techniques and hand tools are mainly used to craft his furniture.
He has decided to share its merit so others can benefit from making quick and easy tenons:“This simple tool not only eliminates frustration for the novice, but enables the professional to quickly process multiple components,” says Greg. “The tenon made will make a very tight joint. I generally take another slither off so that the joint is snug, but is able to be withdrawn. Always check your drill size for any variability.”
HOW IT WORKS-five easy steps.*
1. Cut work piece to approximate shape and diameter.
2. On the lathe, mark off length of tenon with a skew chisel.
3. Place Turners Mate on the end of the spinning work piece.
4. Holding Turners Mate with both hands, slide it gently along to form the tenon.
5. If there is too much resistance you will need to remove more waste with the skew chisel.
Turners Mate is made of stainless steel weighing approximately 350 grams-a comfortable weight in the hand. There are four different tools with variable sizes-two metric and two imperial-each 225mm long.
METRIC SMALL: 10mm/12mm/14mm/16mm/25mm/19mm/13mm/11mm
IMPERIAL SMALL: 3/8" 1/2" 5/8" 1" 3/4" 9/16" 7/16"
IMPERIAL LARGE: 1 1/8 " 1 1/2" 1 3/8" 1 1/4"
Price: $66.00 AUD plus shipping.
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* Greg will regularly be demonstrating how to use Turners Mate on instagram. #turnersmate