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Greene and Greene Accented Craftsman Barstools #2: Legs and Jigs - Lessons Learned

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Greene and Greene / Craftsman Barstools – Part Due
At this point I have all the parts cut out and am pattern routing the back legs. Unfortunately, I have no formal training and have to re-invent the wheel with every step. I cut a blank for the back legs on the band saw staying ~ 1/16” outside my line. I built a jig to pattern it with a lower bearing bit. Route one side – then switch to the other side, ala Taige Freid style – I kept having problems with the second cut being shy of the pattern ….problem: I had final size on both sides of the jig – not correct! – (for those of you who haven’t done this before), MAKE one side just fit the pattern and route to final size on the other side – I can’t believe it took me 15 legs to figure this out!!! More sanding for me….
Here is a rendering of the jig (rough – without the hold downs) reference and register only one side – make the other side fit the jig – nuff said!

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Once the front and back legs are cut out to final size, I referenced a layout on a master pair and cut each mortise dutifully and repetitively – Once you start, don’t stop until they are all done, the less times you set up, the more accurate the final.
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It pays to cut some filler blocks for mortising the 45 corners – The blocks will hold the wood and keep the bit from tearing on the adjoining mortise.

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Next is the Stiles and Rails….

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe



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Karson

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#1 posted 1669 days ago

Schroeder. Some great insites on Pattern Routing.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 1669 days ago

Hi Schroeder,

That formal training thing is over rated!

Only 15? That’s not too bad! Probably would have taken me much longer than that.

It’s quite a project

Lee

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