Rodel chair build. #6: Floating tenons

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Blog entry by Mark posted 04-27-2014 11:24 PM 1368 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I cut the curve in the upper and lower crest rails there was a fair bit of scrape left over. I had planed to use this for the floating tenons. The mortise was ½” wide so I ripped the tenons just a bit thicker to ensure a tight fit.

I used a ½” round over bit in the router to clean up the edges.

A bit of sanding. A stroke or 2 with the plane and file and they were done..

Time to soften the edges of the side rails. Using the go to tools, file, plane and spoke shave.

The first dry fit.

The end is getting close. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel….Or is that a train?
Any ways. Time to start on the side and cross stretchers, but I’ll leave that for next time. Thanks fer lookin’.

-- Mark

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David White

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 12:36 AM

Looking good.

I’m working on a dining chair project myself at the moment (a sticklyish oak piece) and I’m curious about your decision to use floating tenons – do you find it quicker? I have a tenoning jig for my table saw and find that in combination with a dado blade I can knock out tenons very quickly.

Keep up the good work!



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#2 posted 04-28-2014 12:39 AM

There is a great psychological boost when you can make all the parts and pieces actually look like a chair. You are definitely on the downhill slope now. :)

-- Art

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 03:35 AM

Thank you Dave. The only reason I went with the floating tenons is …that’s what the plans called for.
Definitely not quicker. A bit slower and not as precise. IMO. I found it to be a bit of a pain to machine all those damn tenons separately. I should have known after having built the 2 proto types. But what ever. Best of luck on your build. Defiantly write a blog. I’d like to follow it.

Hi Art. Always good to hear from you. Thanks for the inspiration mate.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 05-30-2014 05:27 AM

Just posted my chair –

I’ll blog the set of 6 that I’m currently planning.


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