Building a Thos. Moser Design New Gloucester Rocking Chair #18: Pinning the Top Crest Spindles

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 01-05-2013 06:06 PM 2340 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Glue the Upper Assembly Part 18 of Building a Thos. Moser Design New Gloucester Rocking Chair series Part 19: Wedging Spindles Below the Seat »

After confirming that the top crest was even, I pinned six of the 3/8” spindles with a 3/16” cross dowel. The upper assembly is under a great deal of tension. Pinning the spindles is a sensible precaution.

Drill the cross dowel hole with a stop. It would be very bad to drill through the front of this beautiful top crest.

Apply glue to the pin and drive it in.

Trim the excess.

Next, move on to wedging the spindles below the seat…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 07:13 PM

Is it a little scary trying to drill into the center of the spindle or do you have some failsafe way to do it?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 07:35 PM

I lined a ruler up with the spindle before assembly to determine where I’d hit the spindle. I predrilled everything the night before into the spindle hole with a 3/16” brad point bit. I then drilled all the way through after assembly with a 13/64” bit. The previous hole guided the bit nicely. I nailed the center on all of the spindles this way.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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