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Blog entry by GaryK posted 1085 days ago 3682 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: More work on the front legs. Part 7 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 8: Sides again - Time to put on my APRON and get back to work. »

For the time being the legs are all done. Both mortises are in all 16 legs.

Now I’m just gluing up some material for the knee blocks to glue to the legs. You’ll see more about this later.

I cut up the material for the chair sides (apron). I need something to attach the legs together, right?
Here are the 32 pieces for the job. Three different lengths. The front of the chair is wider than the back so a long piece for the front and a shorter piece for the back. Then two pieces for the sides.

Doesn’t look like 48 linear feet of lumber does it?

Here is my plan showing the top view of the seat from the side. The front is on the right and the back is to the left.
There is an 8 degree angle from front to back.

The sides will have to have an 8 degree tenon on both ends.

That’s where a tenoning jig comes in handy. I got this a long time ago also. About the same time as the sander.

If I didn’t happen to have a tenoning jig, I would have just made something to do the job. I have it. so I’m using it.

I set the angle to 8 degrees and made a test piece

Got lucky the first time on the angle. It was perfect.

Now it’s just a matter of figuring out how to make sure all the pieces are all the correct lengths. This is the first time for me cutting angles tenons, so I’ll have to think about it for a while before I start cutting for real.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1085 days ago

Wow that’s what I call having a great eye hitting it the first time. Good logical work sequence super blog Gary.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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SPalm

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#2 posted 1085 days ago

Angle the tenon, or angle the mortise…
Looks like you are on a roll here.

Have you built a prototype and sat in it? I over think these things. I have half a dozen prototype chairs, and nothing to show. I need to change that.

Thanks for the inspiration,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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patron

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#3 posted 1085 days ago

moving right along here gary

watching this brings back memories
of these same tasks
and the ways to accomplish them

what a lucky guy

after the wife looking in all the high price stores
(wal-mart lowe’s home depot ikea)
the wife picked you
to make her furniture
an honor indeed

you will need to have your own signature on them
to keep from getting bunched in with
chippendale hepplewhite krenov and the other period antique furniture makers

without a doubt
you have the gift

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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BertFlores58

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#4 posted 1085 days ago

Ang galing Gary, I see how a professional do it the right way. The variable angle slider (I do not not how to call them) is now added to the list of tools that you have used. There are lot of jigs design and construction that I have seen but nothing can be compared with yours on the accuracy… one of the secret of mass production and fast enough to compete with time. Salamat sa inyong paglalahad..
God bless,

-- Bert

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GaryK

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#5 posted 1085 days ago

SPalm – No, I haven’t built a prototype. A chair is basically a chair with common dimensions. The only thing I did make in advance was a mock-up of the back. I just used my template for the back and made two pieces and screwed them to a third. Took the whole thing and set it in another chair and tried it out.

The first attempt had too much lumbar support a little too high. The second attempt was just right.

Looks kind of like some torture device, huh? It actually very comfortable. With the upholstered back it should be exceptionally comfortable.

BertFlores58 – The fight tool for the job, huh?

patron – I’ll add you to the list. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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jackass

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#6 posted 1085 days ago

I’m enjoying every post, don’t stop.
Jack

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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Karson

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#7 posted 1085 days ago

Nice work gary. Love the angled tenons

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 1085 days ago

Lookin good! Get it done and tell the wife to get in there and serve you some dinner on it!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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kenn

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#9 posted 1085 days ago

If you do enough of that thinking part, the woodworker part goes a whole lot easier, huh? Keep it up.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 1085 days ago

It’s looking real good, Gary.

No surprise there.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Chips

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#11 posted 1085 days ago

I was wondering how you were going to handle that. A wood worker is only as good as his jigs. Another tool to add to my list.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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shipwright

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#12 posted 1085 days ago

Nice progress Gary. I have the same tenoning jig. One of those things I didn’t think I’d use much that I use all the time for all sorts of things ….and not all tenons.
Good blog too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Broglea

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#13 posted 1085 days ago

Making good progress Gary. I wish I could get that much accomplished in that little of time. Not to mention pausing to take pictures for the blog. You make it look easy.

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HallTree

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#14 posted 1085 days ago

I am really enjoying watching this project. Thanks for sharing.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 1085 days ago

What do I love?

Woodworking.

I love doing it, talking about it, AND watching other people do it too:)

It is fun watching all the pieces take shape.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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