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My First Rocker #8: Getting the back close to ready to go

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 05-11-2009 02:04 AM 1345 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Working on the back - and introduction of my new shop buddies! Part 8 of My First Rocker series Part 9: Assembled - but not yet ready for prime time - and of course a question or two »

Got some quality time in the shop this weekend. Still have to do some finish sanding, etc. but the back pieces seems to fit.

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I’m pretty happy with the way the mortises/tenons fit together.

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I also got the templates made for my legs.

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The back piece fits into the leg template pretty well.

Now the question – Since the back slats are captured in the back rails and the back assembly is going to be captured between the side pieces, do I really need to glue the slats into the rails? I’ve got enough depth in the mortises for gluing, but I think if I glue, I’ll need to pare the tenons down a bit.

So far I’m finding if I take my time, this process is not as complicated as I thought it would be. I’ve not done a rocker before, but I’m pretty happy with the progress.

I’m going to post this in the forums section as well to see if I can solicit more opinions on the slats.

Thanks for looking.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine



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johnpoolesc

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#1 posted 05-11-2009 02:15 AM

i wouldn’t glue. less likely to get a split with a slip fit.. i do not see an up side to gluing those in. very small contact point but it is crossgrain

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 02:30 AM

I would glue them knowing how much stress chairs have on them and the cross grain is not an issue with that small of tenon. Great progress looking forward to more updates.

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Francisco Luna

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#3 posted 05-11-2009 03:30 AM

Lot of reasons to be happy, is looking great!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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Francisco Luna

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#4 posted 05-11-2009 03:30 AM

Lot of reasons to be happy, is looking great!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#5 posted 05-12-2009 05:09 AM

Betsy,

This is really shaping up nicely! Can’t wait to see the completed rocker. You’re really moving along on it quickly.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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