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Stickley #369 Morris Chair #2: Frame Assembly and Through Tenons

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 02-28-2014 06:28 PM 4740 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Leg Laminations and Angled Tenons Part 2 of Stickley #369 Morris Chair series Part 3: Slant Arms and Side Slats »

Here is where the project is at currently.

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Before I angle the top side rails, I mark the height of the small tenon.

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Then I trim away the excess tenon at the bandsaw.

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Fitting the small tenon into the back leg mortises.

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The joint looks a little peculiar at this point because the top rails have not been angled yet.

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With the frame dry fit I can measure the height of the side slats.

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With the repeater set up on my miter saw, I cut the 10 slats to the same length.

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Then slats are milled for tenons at the dado blade.

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Now it is time to cut the armrests. With a new blade on the bandsaw I cut the 7 degree taper for the armrests. Notice how two armrests are ganged together for extra stability as I make this freehand cut.

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Move the wedge from the top to the bottom of the armrest and glue it in place, smooth side to smooth side.

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While the glue was drying, I cut tenons on 8/4 stock for the back slats. Note how the tenons are offset.

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My last task of the day was to taper the upper side rails to 7 degrees. I thought the cut could be made with a tapering sled at the tablesaw, but realized doing so would have cut off part of the small tenon. So I decided to make the cut at the bandsaw with an angled block as a guide. I am leaving my upper side rails 1/4” wider than usual. This extra width will fit in a groove on the underside of the armrest (the WoodSmith Shop trick).

Next up will be fitting the armrests and through tenons.
Cheers!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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#1 posted 02-28-2014 08:39 PM

oh man, this is a bucket list project for me. It’s looking great. Can’t wait to see more!

-- Douglas in Chicago - https://dcwwoodworks.com

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#2 posted 02-28-2014 09:54 PM

You go Willie. Good stuff all around.

Steve

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#3 posted 03-01-2014 03:21 AM

I always see something new and worthwhile. Thank you for sharing!

-- Art

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 11:42 PM

Nice progress!

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 11:49 PM

Looks great so far.

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#6 posted 03-07-2014 01:20 PM

Interesting reading watching this come together Willie.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 07-30-2014 08:15 PM

You are a rockstar. What an awesome blog.

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#8 posted 01-28-2015 01:08 PM

Excellent work dude.

I’d liked to have used the bandsaw but not enough clearance.
Love your work.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#9 posted 07-16-2018 05:58 PM

At the risk of necro-ing this thread…I am planning to build this same chair in the fall (2018).

Did you build the bottom side rail and thus the slats at right angles? Lang’s plans call for the bottom side rail to be sloped, thus throwing off the length of each slat, and requiring angled through tenons on the front and back, all of which would add considerable time, and chance for error to the project.

I ask because your chair turned out great and does not appear to have a sloped bottom side rail. If I could get the same geometric results as yours and skip that feature, I’d happily do so.

Thanks.

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#10 posted 07-16-2018 06:08 PM

No angles on the side slats for me. The armrests are already sloped, and the upper side rail is cut to a matching angle, and all that was complex enough for me. I know Bob was just following through with a dedicated reproduction, and I admire him for that. I am an arts and crafts revivalist too, and sometimes I’ll do every last detail like the original (like lapped dovetails on casework that will never be seen!), but on the Morris chair I didn’t see how angled slats added anything to the look or function of the chair.

Interestingly, some chair makers simple shortened the back legs to give the same effect. It puts everything on an angle, but without the work of angled joinery. However, the arms are already angled, and the seat frame is set at an independent angle, so I didn’t shorten the back legs on mine.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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