Rodel chair build. #8: Corner brackets and dowels.

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Blog entry by Mark posted 06-03-2014 05:02 PM 1426 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Side and Cross Stretchers Part 8 of Rodel chair build. series Part 9: Upholstery and complete. »

On to the corner brackets. I realize all the corners were supposed to be 4.5° off 90 but thought it prudent to measure and check the angle before I cut up a whole bunch of stock (measure twice cut once).

Drill some holes.

And it should look like this.

Although it wasn’t on the drawing, I kinda liked the idea of doweling the mortise and tenon joints. After I had asked several of the LJ’s for their opinion I decided to add dowels to pin the M/T’s together. As Walnut was the obvious choice I had to make my own. I did a bit of research on DIY dowel making and used this method. I was going to use 5/16 bowels, so I drilled a 5/16 hole in a piece of scrap. Then I sliced just the top of the hole off. I clamped a fine toothed jigsaw blade between the hole and another piece of scrap and was ready to go.

I cut square strips of Walnut almost 3/8”sq. and tapered the ends to fit in the whole. Stick the other end it a drill and your good to go.

I prefer the look of the square pegs, but as I don’t have a mortiser, I use what I have.

With dowels made I wanted to ensure all the holes were laid out the same so I built a pair simple jigs and a drill stop

A little dab of glue and I tapped the pegs in place. After several hr, I trimmed the with a flexible saw and smoothed them flush with an orbital sander.

I did that 7 more times and I was done. Arms for the Captains chairs will be next.

Thanks fer looking.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 10:57 PM

The pegs are a nice addition. Keep the pix coming! :)

-- Art

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#2 posted 06-04-2014 02:14 AM

Thanks Art. Will do.

-- Mark

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