Building a Thos. Moser Design New Gloucester Rocking Chair #17: Glue the Upper Assembly

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 01-05-2013 05:55 PM 2454 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Making the Final Top Crest Part 17 of Building a Thos. Moser Design New Gloucester Rocking Chair series Part 18: Pinning the Top Crest Spindles »

Today we glued the upper assembly. Everything went smooth with the Rum’s alignment jig and liquid hide glue. My wife helped with glue-up and photographed as well.

The spindles are lined up at their base. This photo shows the 1 5/8” spread in lengths from the outside to the inside spindles.

Applied glue to the seat holes with a syringe.

Applied glue to seat tenons with a brush.

Insert four center spindles.

Fit the alignment jig.

Add spindles by inserting into jig and then dropping into the seat.

All spindles inserted and ready to receive the top crest.

Top crest aligned to start on 14 spindles at compound angles simultaneously.

Work the jig and the top crest down.

Making some progress.

Measuring the progress. The spindle tenons are 1 1/4”.

Remove alignment jig.

Outer half of alignment jig before removal.

Pound top crest the rest of the way with dead blow mallet. There is a balance between applying enough glue for good bond and too much glue that must find a way out of the joint. Clamp pressure usually has enough steady force to squeeze the glue out, but it would be a bit difficult to clamp this assembly. Perhaps a you could cut a relief groove in the top of the spindle with a carver’s V-gouge. It went in, so I probably won’t worry about that on the second chair.

Next, I pin the top crest spindles…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 06:07 PM

Good description of a somewhat complex process. I’m enjoying your blog…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 07:05 PM

Thanks, I’m in the home stretch at this point…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#3 posted 01-05-2013 08:52 PM

Great progess Mark.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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