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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.
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, Florida