Building a Thos. Moser Design New Gloucester Rocking Chair #19: Wedging Spindles Below the Seat

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 01-05-2013 07:03 PM 2715 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Pinning the Top Crest Spindles Part 19 of Building a Thos. Moser Design New Gloucester Rocking Chair series Part 20: Pinning the Seat Tenons »

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With the spindles locked in place in the top crest with cross dowels, it’s time to quickly move on to wedging the spindles below the seat. Clink this link to watch a short video of me inserting a wedge. These wedges supply an extra bit of security to the joint in case the glue fails. Plus they look real cool!


Prior to assembly, I cut 4 degree wedges for the 1/2” seat tenons on my tablesaw and sawed kerfs by hand in the tenons. I sawed an extra width at the very beginning of the kerf to ensure I could start the wedge even if the tenon was pinched during assembly.

Insert Wedge

Apply glue to the kerfs.

Apply glue to the wedge and line up with kerf.

Tap the wedge into the spindle kerf.

All of the wedges driven.

Next step is to pin the seat tenons…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 07:18 PM

I like your idea using the syringe.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 07:33 PM

The syringe with the liquid hide glue was a great combination. The glue clung to the walls of the holes and allowed me the time to glue everything ahead of time and then have a quick assembly. The syringe also was great for getting some glue down into the wedge kerf.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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