Rodel chair build. #7: Side and Cross Stretchers

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Blog entry by Mark posted 05-16-2014 03:57 PM 1521 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Floating tenons Part 7 of Rodel chair build. series Part 8: Corner brackets and dowels. »

I ripped all my stock for the side and cross stretchers as per drawing, but I chose to go with a straight half lap joint as opposed to the dove tail simply because it’s easier.
Because there is a compound angle on the back of the side stretcher and a single bevel on the front, I obviously chose to nibble the single bevel when creeping up on my final length. I started with the overall length of each stretcher and slowly snipped a bit off the front till I arrived at the final length.

Once I had the final length I had to drill a 5/8 hole in each end for the dowels, so I made a simple jig
so the center of the drill bit was center of the stretcher. I was getting a bit of movement on my stock so I changed up my clamps.

Trimming the half lapped mortise on the cross stretcher.

Once the final dry fit was done I glued and clamped the whole assembly. What a satisfying experience. One down 5 to go.

I gotta tell ya I received the Jorgensen clamps for Christmas. Absolutely stellar. A bit expensive, but
worth every dime. Next up will be the corner brackets and the arms for the Captains chairs. Till then… thanks fer lookin’

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-17-2014 12:52 AM

I agree that FINALLY having something that actually looks like a chair is most gratifying at this point. Also, it gives the stimulus to keep going and get these suckers done. Soon you will be applying the finish.

-- Art

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