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Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #3: Rough joinery

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Blog entry by TigerTed posted 12-18-2018 01:40 PM 361 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Rough work of quartersawn white oak Part 3 of Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair series Part 4: First fit up »

All legs are lined up and penciled with rough location of joints to avoid error. A knife and mortise gauge are used to locate mortises and tenons. Bandsaw is used to cut the cheeks. I roughly align one face. After the cut is made, I use a carefully thicknessed spacer to cut the other face. An angled trench is made at the shoulder line with a chisel. The cross cut hand saw is then guided in the trench to release the cheek. Edges of the tenon were removed with a combination of bandsaw, chisel, hand saw and planes.

Mortises are cut with a router jig from both sides using the same reference face. There is a picture of the jig in my desk series. The ends of the mortise are cleaned up and squared with a float. Coool new tool to me. The tenons are made parallel and flat with a router plane. This lets me sneak up on a tight fit. After that it is a bunch of trial fit/adjust and repeat a million times. These are through tenons and will look horrible with any gaps.

My stretcher stock is 5/4 to make sure everything is stout and that I can achieve a solid 3/8” through tenon.



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