Rodel chair build. #5: Front legs

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Blog entry by Mark posted 04-19-2014 03:02 AM 1356 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Back legs Part 5 of Rodel chair build. series Part 6: Floating tenons »

I started with the same scenario as the rear legs, ¼” piece of Walnut sandwiched between 2 layers of dressed Cherry. I had previously ripped the pieces to 1 ¾” wide.

Ripped to final width of just a bit over 1 ½ sq. I left it just a tad over so there would be some extra material for scraping and sanding. Care must be taken at this point to ensure the Cherry is of equal thickness on both sides of the Walnut.

I sliced the tops and bottoms off to give me a rough length and a starting point for the mortise layout.

On to routing the mortises. Again watch the orientation of the front legs to ensure the right mortise is being cut. Don’t forget to use the 4.5° shims again to tilt the leg for the side rail.

The pencil lines in the picture are for the top of the chair. I drew another line approx 1/8” bellow that. That is where the cut for the crown will start.

I set the miter gauge to 11° and used a back stop to ensure all the legs were the same length.

I used a sharp chisel to tidy up the crowns.

Cleaning up the front rails. A&C Style …You were right about using the spoke shave on the curves. Thanks fer the tip.

I used my El Cheapo Tenon jig to sneak up on the correct tenon thickness. Be sure to do them individually.

I rounded (is that a word?) the top and bottom of the tenons with a file. Labor intensive.

With the tenons trimmed to fit I put them in place to mark out the portion to be cut off.

Front assemblies all glued up. I used a spacer (the same width as the front rail) at the bottom of the assembly to keep the legs straight. As well as checking each assembly with a square to be sure the legs are sq. to the front rail.

So with the front and back assemblies complete I can move on to the floating tenons and the side rails.

‘Till next time….Thanks fer lookin’

-- Mark

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#1 posted 04-19-2014 11:19 PM

Again, more great progress. You will be into the finishing stage before you know it.

-- Art

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 03:25 PM

Thanks Art. Yea, soon would be good. If ya know what I mean.

-- Mark

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