Hal Taylor Rocking Chair #7: Front leg joints and arms attached

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Blog entry by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 06-07-2009 03:16 PM 5815 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Back and Front Legs Part 7 of Hal Taylor Rocking Chair series Part 8: Week 6 - Back Braces and Head Rest »

Ok. So on Friday I glued the four legs to the seat. Now it is time to clean up all the joints and make them look great.

So after glue up, our front leg to seat joint looks like:
Front Leg Joint Top

Front Leg Glued

So I break out my trusty Lancelot carving disc on the right angle grinder (see seat carving) and ever so gently get rid of the excess material, not trying to get perfect, just close.
Front Leg Joint Carved

On the top and bottom of the seat where the leg needs to flow into the seat I use a spindle sander on the power-drill to get close and then finished up all aspect of the joint with the ROS:
Front Leg Joint finished

The same treatment is applied to the back leg joints. The sides and back of the seat are also sanded flush with the back legs so everything is smooth and flowing.

The arms are attached next. This is a deviation from Hal’s order who attaches the headrest next. I like to attach the arms because shaping the arm-to-leg joints is much more easily accomplished without back-braces in the way.
Arms Attached

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#1 posted 06-07-2009 03:34 PM

Looking good! Thanks for the step by step with pictures.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 05:41 PM

Looking good nice photo work up.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 06-08-2009 12:32 AM

Really interesting and informative.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-02-2009 08:37 PM

not sure youll see this since this post is older, but how are the arms attached to the legs? i would assume maybe screws but i dont see any holes or plugs in the pictures

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#5 posted 10-15-2009 02:30 PM

Where the arms meet the back legs, 4” screws are driven through and then plugged. Where the arms meet the front legs, there are 1 1/2” screws driven through and plugged. Also, copious amounts of glue are applied. I just received the new book and the new design no longer puts screws in the front legs but some adder pieces are screwed to the legs and these adder pieces have a lot more surface area that the arms glue to.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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