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Mini Tenon Cutters
Safety Rules
As with any power tool accessory, always wear eye protection.
These safety instructions are meant to complement those that came with your power tool. We
suggest that you reread those, in addition to those listed here before you begin to use this
product. To use this product safely, always follow both sets of safety and general instructions.
General Safety Rules
1. Read the manual. Learn the tool's applications and limitations as well as the specific
hazards related to the tool.
2. Use common sense. If an action appears to be unsafe, it likely is.
3. Wear proper eye/ear protection. Everyday eyeglasses have only impact-resistant lenses;
they are not safety glasses. Also use a face or dust mask if the cutting operation is dusty.
Visitors should wear the same protection.
4. Wear proper apparel. Avoid wearing clothing with loose sleeves. Do not wear gloves, ties,
rings or bracelets as these can get caught in moving machinery.
5. Long hair should be tied back and secured.
6. Do not work under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication. Drugs, alcohol,
medication and lack of sleep cause impaired judgment and coordination and should not be
combined with power tool operation.
7. Use in an appropriate environment. Power tools should be used only in dry, clean and well-lit
environments. Exposure to rain or use in the presence of flammable liquids or gases could
result in damage or injury.
8. Do not operate electric tools in gaseous or explosive environments. The spark of the motor
may cause the fumes to ignite.
9. Keep workplace clean. Cluttered areas and benches invite accidents.
10. Use correct power supply. Never use a power source for which this tool was not designed.
It could cause serious injury. If the tool is equipped with a three-prong plug, it should be
plugged into a three-hole electric receptacle. An adapter should be properly grounded.
11. Keep cord away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
12. Do not carry a plugged-in portable tool with finger on the switch.
13. Never carry portable tools by the cord.
14. Use the right tool. Do not force a small tool or attachment to do the job of a
heavy-duty tool.
15. Do not force tool. It will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was designed.
16. Do not use damaged tools. A damaged tool that does not operate correctly is a safety hazard
and should be fixed before any further use.
17. Repairs and service should be performed by a certified technician. Use only identical
replacement parts.
18. Do not alter or misuse the tool. Stop any operation immediately if you notice
anything abnormal.
19. Practice proper maintenance. Keep all tools sharp, clean and well lubricated for the best
and safest results. Sharp blades minimize stalling, kickback, and burning. They perform
faster, better and safer than dull blades.
20. Keep hands away from moving parts until they have come to a complete stop and the
power has been disconnected.
21. Always disconnect the tool from the power source when changing cutters or blades, or
when performing any general maintenance activities (such as adjusting or cleaning).
22. Handle blades with care.
23. Unless otherwise specified, always insert the shank as far as possible into the chuck in order to
provide proper support. Tighten the chuck securely.
24. Remove all nails from a workpiece before performing any operation on it.
25. Hold workpiece firmly in a vise or clamp.
26. Ensure that depth and any other adjustments are tight.
27. Remove adjusting keys and wrenches before use.
28. Maintain good balance.
29. Do not remove workpiece or cut-off pieces from tool during a cut while the cutter
is moving.
30. Do not leave tool until it comes to a complete stop.
31. When not in use, power tools should be stored in a dry area, elevated and locked so that
they are out of the reach of children.
The Veritas? Mini Tenon Cutters cut 60? shouldered tenons on small stock. These small-diameter
tenon cutters are ideal for chair rungs, decorative work on rustic furniture and wherever small
tenons are required, e.g., trellis and lattice work, fan frames, etc. They require little torque
while being driven by an electric drill. The included plug gauge allows the blade to be adjusted
to cut the exact size of tenon required. It is easy to sharpen the blade on a belt sander or
sharpening stone.
These tenon cutters are for use in a hand electric drill. They are not to be used in a drill press
for several reasons.
1. Because the workpiece must be rigidly clamped in line with the equally rigid axis of the
drill-press chuck, any misalignment or movement can create high side loads on the tenon
cutter, leading to the shank failing. Any quill run-out in the drill press contributes further
to the problem.
2. Because there is much less feel as to how the cutter is performing when using a drill press,
it is possible to overload the tenon cutter without realizing it. This too can lead to the
shank failing.
3. Overloading the tenon cutter or operating it at high speeds can also lead to overheating the
high-carbon steel blade, resulting in edge failure, loss of hardness, and a useless blade.
Taking a Test Cut
Firmly tighten the tenon cutter in the chuck of an electric drill.
Clamp a piece of wood horizontally in a vise at about waist height. Ensure the end is cut square.
Maximum diameter of workpiece for each tenon cutter size is shown in Table 1.
Table 1: Maximum Wood Diameter for Tenon Cutter Diameter
Tenon Diameter Max. Stock Diameter
1/4" 3/4"
5/16" 3/4"
3/8" 7/8"
7/16" 7/8"
1/2" 1"
9/16" 1"