How to Choose Between Tenon Cutter Series
By: Jennifer Mueller
One of our most popular questions by far is, "What is the difference between series?". The answer is not just the colors; although they do help in identifying the type of cutter you are looking at, or choose to purchase. Let's take a look at the top differences between series that help identify which cutter is the best fit for you and your needs.
1. Shoulder Profile
The shoulder profile is what is created by the tenon cutter right below the cut tenon.
There are two options: the 60° Tapered Shoulder Profile and the Radius Shoulder Profile.
The first thing you need to decide is which shoulder profile you prefer. The 60° tapered shoulder offers a more rustic look, consistent with most rustic furniture projects, while radius shoulder profile offers a more refined look.
Which one is better? Neither! The shoulder profile just comes down to a matter of preference. Some prefer one over the other, but they are both equally sturdy and provide professional looking log furniture.
If you prefer the 60° Tapered Shoulder Profile - then you will want to choose between the Commercial and Industrial Series Tenon Cutters. These offer a larger log capacity than the radius shoulder tenon cutters and provide the "rustic" look found on most log furniture projects.
If you prefer the Radius Shoulder Profile - then you will want to choose between the Home and Pro Series Tenon Cutters. These provide a more refined look for any log furniture project you decide on.
2. Features & Specs
Once you have decided which shoulder profile you prefer, you have narrowed it down from 4 series to 2 (depending on if you prefer the 60° Tapered Shoulder or the Radius Shoulder). The next step is to decide which of the 2 series you prefer based on features.
The Commercial and Home Series Tenon Cutters are made from die cast aluminum. Die casting is a metal casting process that is characterized by forcing molten metal under high pressure into a mold cavity. The mold cavity is created using two hardened tool steel dies which have been machined into shape and work similarly to an injection mold during the process.
These are great, affordable tools that offer a lifetime guarantee and are perfect for homeowners, hobbyists, and anyone starting out log furniture building.
The Pro and Industrial Series Tenon Cutters are CNC machined from a solid billet of aluminum. "Computer Numerical Controlled" CNC Machining is a process used in the manufacturing sector that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. Tools that can be controlled in this manner include lathes, mills, routers and grinders. The CNC in CNC Machining stands for Computer Numerical Control.There are many advantages to using CNC Machining. The process is more precise than manual machining, and can be repeated in exactly the same manner over and over again. Because of the precision possible with CNC Machining, this process can produce complex shapes that would be almost impossible to achieve with manual machining.
These tools also feature our in-sight measurement system, which is a series of slots at the top of the tools that allow you to measure the tenon length by sight instead of having to use a tape measure. It also works with our quick stop pins, which is a pin and bolt system that fits into the tops of the tools to stop the log at the specified length.
3. Make Your Choice
Once you have decided which shoulder profile you prefer, and which features and specs you prefer, it should be easy for you to decide which tenon cutter series would be best for you. Of course, if you still have questions, you are welcome to call us during our business hours (Monday - Friday 8am -4:30pm CST) at 715-720-4719.