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Chair leg jig

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Project by RockyBlue posted 05-03-2012 11:36 PM 2079 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure if this is worth posting, but it helpes me build chairs, so maybe it’ll help someone else as well. I am making a dozen dining chairs with 1.75” square legs. The backs need to tilt back 5.5 degrees. I can plane a 2×4 down to 1.75, then joint 1 edge and cut 1 end square. Then I shove it against the 2 rails, clamp down and cut. I make a rough cut, then bump the fence over to the known number and take a light finish cut. The rockler clamps bolt down in some threaded metal inserts in the bottom sled. They held the leg tighter than I thought, never had a problem.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com





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Arthouse

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#1 posted 05-03-2012 11:57 PM

Good job . I see you put alot of work into it. I hope this is a jig you can use forever. When I make a jig I just use lumber dogs screwed by the side tight i never use the hold down screw because I make so many different chairs. If your making one chair type all the time it is well worth the time invested.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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RockyBlue

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 12:09 AM

This is the second time I’m making the same chair, so I made it easy on myself. For different styles, I can move the rails and add more threaded holes if I need. This was very easy to make, so maybe I’ll just leave it alone and do another one if the design changes.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com

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#3 posted 05-04-2012 01:07 AM

Very cool. Haven’t made chairs yetbut they’re in the near future. Thanks for the tip!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 05-04-2012 01:22 AM

Nice jig, I love when people post jigs, when I need to do a similar project I can use what I learned from here. It’s on my project list. Thanks for posting.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 05-04-2012 02:01 AM

Nice taper jig. I have made two jigs for tapers. There are so many ways of skinning this cat, (just figurative speaking of course) that we could have a whole new section at LJ to discuss the benefits of each one.
Yours does look perfectly suited for your purpose. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Mel,

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eddie

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#6 posted 05-04-2012 06:24 PM

nice 11 point what did you use and how many yards was the shot. sorry i love the jig gotta make one:)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 05-04-2012 06:48 PM

Another option is to rough cut on the bandsaw, then pattern rout the leg on all long edges. This way you can cut the front and back of a shaped chair leg.
Glad your method is working for you.

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

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