Reclaimed Pine All-Weather Morris Chair #4: Stretching Keeps One Limber & Slat Attack

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Blog entry by TimBridge posted 05-21-2014 01:21 AM 2551 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Stretching is important. It increases circulation, increases flexibility, increases one’s range of motion, has been proven to reduce stress, has been known to reduce lower back pain, and holds chairs together.

Here I’ve added the front and back stretcher and the left and right stretcher. I made my first mistake of the project here. It’s probably not noticeable in this pictures but it will be revealed in a later blog entry. Can you spot it?

The upper side stretchers have the same 5 degree bevel as the legs. To make this cut, I dry fit the full board 7-1/2” above the lower side stretcher and marked the board at the top of the each leg. I then connected the dots and made the cut on the band saw, screwed and glued them in place.

I also installed the side slats today. The cut list calls for four different sizes since they are larger near the front and shorter near the back thanks to the 5 degree bevel. The slats also have a 5 degree bevel but the way the plan’s cutlist has the measurements for them slightly longer than the final length. This is because the best way to ensure proper fit is to clamp the slats flush with the lower side stretcher, marking the bevel against the top stretcher, and cutting the waste off at the bandsaw.

Once all the measuring and marking was done, I cut the waste off at the band saw, screwed and glued all the slats into place.

All screws used in this project are countersunk for plugging later.

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-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#1 posted 05-21-2014 08:57 AM

Coming along nicely…. I love that you’ll be plugging the holes. Not sure why, but when I see them on here w/o that I think it would look so much better with plugs. Even if they use contrasting wood and used it as a highlight. Just looks so much better.

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

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 02:47 AM

Thanks, Ken.

I totally agree that plugged screw holes add a whole different look to a project. To me, they make the project just looke less like a “thrown together weekend project”. Those projects, by all means, have a place but I love that “all corners tucked in” look. It wouldn’t, by any stretch of imagination, behoove me to say it makes the project seem more “professional” since I am far from professional, but it makes it seem more “complete”.

I actually wanted a high contrast between the plugs and the rest of the wood because I didn’t want it to seem as if I was trying to hide my lack of traditional joinery. I’d love to build a morris chair in the future with traditional mortise and tenon joinery but alas, not right now.

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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