How to Use Tenon Cutters to Make Log Furniture


Making your own rustic log for nerds can be a very enjoyable process, especially when you own the right tools today. Let me show you one tool, uh, namely the, uh, the virtus tenent cutter, which is a very effective tool and making the, the tenant portion of the tenant joints on, on your log. So I’ll show you today just using a, just a battery operated drill. But normally if you’re doing quite a few 10 ends, you probably want to use a cord, a quarter drill, so you have the consistent power all throughout. But right now I’ve got a, a, a one inch tenent cutters. So even though my log is bigger than one inch, is it going to take it down to one inches as soon as one inch, as soon as it’s done. But the maximum log diameter is about two and a half inches for this size right here.

So what you do is you take the, uh, the, this, the log diet, excuse me, the, the size of the tenant cutter and add about an inch and a half so that you can, and that will give you your maximum log diameter. So one inch, 10 cutter, the maximum log you can put into, it’s about two and a half inches. The two inch 10 and cutter will come to it up to about a three and a half inch log and so forth. So with the various tending cutters, they range in sizes from five, eight, seven inch all the way up to two inches. But let me show you how easy this is to work. All you do is putting a drill so you can use any drill that has um, up to a half of an inch. Chuck with this you set up against the law, try to keep it so that it’s nice in line with the, with the log and it takes a lot of practice at first to kind of get the feel for that while I do just turn it on and watch how quickly it is to get it perfect. One inch tenon every time

but you see that it’s so simple, so fast, it leaves a fairly smooth cut. You have some ridges in there, which actually aid in and when you’re gluing, if he has some extra ridges and surface area for the glue to adhere to. So when you have your log that comes this direction on here, you drill the hole into it. So the log will fit right up over the top and give you a nice snug fit. So with a one inch 10 cutter, you’ll use a one inch, um, Auger bit or force for a bit for cutting out the other side. But it’s a very fast, simple way. So let me finish this off, show you how long, but 10 you can make. It’s about three and a quarter, three and a half inches long with this particular size.

And there you have it. Now we’ve got one end done on, on one log for a, whether they making a table chair, bed stool ladder, a variety of different projects, log furniture. But that’s how quick and easy it is to, uh, to use the law, the Veritas tenon cutters for, for making log furniture.

Painter33 - June 17, 2013

where would you get one from?

fuqak47 - July 14, 2013

Great vid

Treeline USA - July 18, 2013

Hey Steve. We have them on our website at TreelineUSA(dot)com
We have a link in the vido description that will take you right to the ordering page. Thank you for watching!

Painter33 - July 22, 2013

thanks! your website is great but don’t think I will need to use a tenon cutter on my log bed that I am still trying to make.
do you guys ship to Canada?

Treeline USA - July 24, 2013

Absolutely. We ship to Canada almost every day.

55vdub - September 10, 2013

I bought a set of Veritas cutters and the tenon cutters cannot be adjusted out far enough to to produce a tenon that is large enough to fit snugly into a hole cut by any standard size bit that I have been able to find. Have you ever run into this problem before? any suggestions beyond sending them back?

Treeline USA - September 25, 2013

This is not a common problem at all. Usually a 1″ tenon cutter will fit great into a hole drilled with a 1″ bit. You are welcome to give us a call and we would be happy to trouble shoot the problem with you. 800-598-2743

gigglingwizard - April 2, 2014

I’ve made a couple of rustic chairs using mortises and tenons. They looked great when I completed them, but as they dried, the wood cracked around the mortises, sometimes running the entire length of the piece. How do you prevent this?

Also (possibly related), is sealing the wood with something like polyurethane advisable while the wood is still green? I don’t necessarily want my log furniture to look shiny, but I thought if I can keep it from drying, I could keep it from cracking. But would this make it rot internally, if the moisture is trapped inside?

    Eric Martinez - April 17, 2016

    +gigglingwizard the wood needs to dry out and eventually adapt to the humidity of the room it is in. it takes about a year per inch of thickness to fully dry. I have had some success drying small pieces of wood in my oven but they will always form small cracks over time since the pith is still attached. Do not put urethane on green wood it will not help prevent cracking. cracking can be reduced by using a product called anchorseal (or one similar to it) on the end grain. it is a wax product that slows down the drying process so the wood will dry more evenly over time.

Loleta Vonsturman - August 19, 2014

How do you sharpen the cutters.

    Treeline USA - August 20, 2014

    Sharpening is actually pretty simple with these tenon cutters.  Remove the blade from the tenon cutter and reattach it to the opposite side using the same screw with the sharp end down flush with the end of tenon cutter.  Using an 1 1/2″ sanding drum (80 or 120 grit) in a drill press sharpen the beveled side of the blade until sharp.  The 1 1/2″ sanding drum will fit perfectly into the curvature of the blade.  Here is link to show you a picture of how it should be set up.,180,42288,45539
    I hope this helps.

    fodder fresh - January 26, 2015

    @treelineusa also on grizzly .com
    they offer a sharpening jig

Neill Wylie - December 19, 2014

I used to use that little Makita. Fantastic little drill.

Beverly Layman - February 6, 2015

Happy Campers Minnesota - February 18, 2015

I want to make chair legs for childrens rocking chairs. The dowel rod I will be using is 1 1/4″ diameter. I want to make the tenons 5/8″ to 3/4″. What size tenon cutter would I need to buy?
Thanks, great video.

    Treeline USA - February 18, 2015

    Sounds like a fun project!  If you want the tenon to be 5/8″ in diameter you would want to purchase the 5/8″ tenon cutter.  Same thing for the 3/4″.  The size listed is the diameter the tenon portion will be after it is cut.  The 1 1/4″ dowel rod will fit into either cutter just fine.  I hope that helps.  Here is a link to our website if you need more information or you are welcome to give us a call as well.  1-800-598-2743

andrej bartolj - January 21, 2016

I wish to buy on eof this things for that tennons…. Where can I get it.

Abdul Rahman Dhillon - February 26, 2016

very clever

SpiritBear12 - March 16, 2016

So, it’s basically similar to a large electric pencil sharpener.

Electrician Dallas Tx - October 1, 2016

Thanks for the tips you have contributed here.

cyril brun - January 29, 2017

Hi , I have  around 8 of these cutters and are happy with them .  One problem  though ,  when in operation they squeal continuously and very loud .   Does anyone know of a trick to take this noise away .  Thanks  Cyril

    JoshL - May 20, 2017

    cyril brun wax maybe?

    optimistichorizon - December 5, 2018

    *Spit on it.*

    Morten S - December 12, 2018

    It you use freshly cut wood, I find it fairly noise free. And it cuts easier.

I Wilson - April 22, 2017

I have the exact same cutter as demonstrated, and yet, out of the box, mine does not cut like this at all. I have to apply a lot off pressure to get it to cut anything. The log that I am cutting is fairly close to the tenon diameter so it’s not because the piece is too big. Any suggestions as to what may be wrong?

    Treeline USA - April 24, 2017

    Sometimes the blade just needs a quick adjustment. Make sure the blade is positioned so there is an 1/8″ gap between the blade and the main housing. If it is too “open” it will not cut very well. Give that a try, but if it still give you troubles give us a call and I am sure we can trouble shoot the problem over the phone. 1-800-598-2743

Mark Young - July 14, 2017

Have you compared the cut from VERITAS vs. LUMBERJACK? They are similar price, tho Lumberjack has many different models and prices, and uses TWO STRAIGHT cutters, vs. ONE CURVED cutter on the Veritas. I thought that would be more balanced and advantageous, but the 1/2″ Veritas definitely cuts MUCH SMOOTHER than the 1″ Lumberjack. I realize larger tenons might play a role, but if Veritas cuts smoother even on the larger size tenons, I’m considering returning the Lumberjacks and ordering Veritas if I’m able to.

Cordelia Blakeslee - January 20, 2018

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    Gleason Simpson - January 6, 2019

    Cordelia Blakeslee no where I. The video did he mention that place. Not even I. The description.
    Sad that you have to troll peoples YouTube page to try to get business

    Seth C - January 9, 2019

    @Gleason Simpson Seems like the WoodPricks scam is on a lot of the woodworking videos.

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