Can you Hazard a Guess at Farnsworth’s Latest Wooden Contraption?


Hello from Hazard!
We had some prompt responses on Item No. 1059, submitted by Bill McChesney of New Galilee, Pennsylvania. It’s a tenon cutter, used, for example, to shape the tapered end of spindles on a chair or a spoke of a wooden wheel. Some call it a spoke shave or taper cutter.
Wendell Cole, of Lisbon, Ohio, explains, “The small end is clamped into a brace and the big end fits over a piece of wood. The brace is turned and a blade cuts the end to size.”
Thanks to Wendell, and to Jeff Fisher, of Palmer, Alaska; Dave Kurtz, Burton, Ohio; Urie S. Byler, Quaker City, Ohio; Larry Palmer, Rogers, Ohio; Jim Hudkins, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and Jamie Irwin for their responses.

Item No. 1060 comes from Ralph Farnsworth, of New Haven, Vermont. Anyone know how this wooden contraption was used?
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