Morris inspired chair #3: Glue up---pegging tenons

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 06-11-2007 05:07 AM 2499 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Dryfit.....sand.....glue Part 3 of Morris inspired chair series Part 4: The back goes together......finished crossed wedged tenon »

OK…overall I’m pretty happy with the way things are going. There’s a few ugly spots as well though. The crossing wedged tenons actually came out pretty cool (finished picture next time) but on two of them still have gaps in the joinery.
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I had the sides glued up last night and got up early this morning to get them set up before we went to the Cape for the day.
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When we got home tonight I started pegging the tenons. I’m using 1/2” oak dowels. I’m going to leave them about 1/8” proud and pillow them.
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One side done.
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We’ve decided that we are going to upholster the chair in micro fiber. The leather just wasn’t gong to work for this.

I should get the other side pegged tomorrow. It’s going to be a short evening session. My goal is to be putting on the finish this weekend. Any suggestions for a good one?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#1 posted 06-11-2007 06:12 AM

Great work and pics, Bob. I can’t wait to see it finished.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 06-11-2007 12:52 PM

it’s looking beautiful-er and beautiful-er!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 06-11-2007 06:47 PM

Hi Bob;
—-your chair is in process and looking greater all the time….just an-other way of saying awesome!

—-I like the cross wedging of the tenons. The Japanese have a tenon similar to this that is hidden from view and actually is great for attaching legs into tops….called, Jugi Nechigai Tsugi; cut in the shape of a cross and the tenon is all one piece with the wood. Very stable wood joint, that holds the wood joint in alignment, resists the twisting effects of the wood, and also works great under ‘compression’.

—-I’ve also been looking at your rubber mallet handle in your last two posts on this chair and I’m wondering, is the handle ‘crooked’ in the middle there or are my eyes ‘crooked’?

—-as to finish, what are you use to working with?

Great blog story.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 06-11-2007 08:19 PM

I’m in awe of so many aspects of Japanese culture. The gardens, art, woodworking….it’s so strange that a culture that seems to understand beauty and spirfituality better than most can also be so barbaric when it comes to things like whales and dolphins.

The mallet handle is a piece of maple branch that happened to be around when the original handle broke. I roughly whittled it to shape, jammed it in, and put a brad through the side. Works great…LOL!

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 06-12-2007 02:27 AM

Ok, I have a new inspiration when it comes time to copy… er,.. make mine!

this chair is fanstastic, love the tapered legs, the arms, the architecture in general. Awesome!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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