A new dining room set for my wife! #11: Good news. The aprons are finally done!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 1209 days ago 1307 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Will these side aprons ever end? The end is in sight! Part 11 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 12: Trimming and hand fitting. Some relaxing fun. »

These aprons seem to take forever. 32 pieces. 8 fronts, and backs each a different length and 8 sides each for the left and right side of the chair. Also those sides each have a different length and angle of tenon..

If you remember, I told you that I left the tenons long. I want as much glue surface on them as I can get. I could have one tenon long and the other short to that they don’t collide in the mortise, or do what I did in the following picture. Miter them. That will give them both the same glue surface and one of the faces the full length of the tenon.

I’m not trying to get the mitered ends to meet up perfectly since that would just be a weak end grain joint. So precision isn’t that critical. I just use the band saw to cut the angles at 45 degrees. For the angles tenons I just add or subtracted 8 degrees to get the 45. That’s a total of 64 cuts!

To add an nice feature the the aprons I added an profile to the bottom edge. Here you can see the templates for the front, back and sides sitting on the top of the stack. I have already traced the pattern on the sides and did a rough cut on the bandsaw.

Then I made a simple little jig to clamp the parts for machining. I just line up the bottom edges on each end of the template to the stock and clamp it. Using my cool compression flush trim router bit again.

Here you see the fruits of my labor. All the aprons finally done!

Lastly I couldn’t resist putting together some pieces!

It’s nice to see a project coming together as you envisioned it.

Next there will be some hand fitting work.

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

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#1 posted 1209 days ago

Your planning is impeccable, your execution is excellent and your progress is very good indeed. Well done. Now take a break and have a beer.

Seriously, Just sweet.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#2 posted 1209 days ago

What a wonderful job you are doing.

To bad that is so far out of my league.
You keep working and I will keep admiring your work.

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#3 posted 1209 days ago

Love the design, Gary!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 1209 days ago

They are coming along nicely. How much time did you spend planning this project?

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 1209 days ago


That is really coming together beautifully!

Nice going!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 1209 days ago

Looks great so far. Looking forward to future post on this project.

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

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#7 posted 1209 days ago

Gary that’s a great project! Did you draw the plans yourself? Can not wait to see more I can see your putting a lot of thought into each detail.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#8 posted 1209 days ago

excellent gary

and the tutorial is clear as a bell
beautiful chairs

well done

-- 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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 1209 days ago

Great job, Gary.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 1209 days ago

Gary: Some great progress. Nice design

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

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#11 posted 1198 days ago

Sweet! I sure am glad I put you on my Buddy list to see all this. Thx

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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