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#1 posted 04-24-2012 11:45 PM

Mortises are normally made deeper than the tenon. Chances
are good that your chair’s mortise was cut with a chain mortiser
which does not make a flat-bottom mortise.

Most chair manufacturers are not building chairs to last 100 years.
100 years ago the market may not have existed as styles
do change and also the heirloom market is today and has
always been the domain of the wealthy and of connoisseurs.

The notions of “quality” promoted by today’s woodworking
literature allow the hobbiest to build heirloom quality furniture
in an environment isolated from the time costs of the furniture
market. In the sale of most chairs finish, style and trends
are the big appeals. Only a handful of chair manufacturers
today have enough high-end market cache to make using
the highest quality joinery profitable. Thos. Moser is an

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