|Forum topic by Grampa_Doodie||posted 02-19-2012 04:23 PM||2579 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
02-19-2012 04:23 PM
Greetings fellow woodworkers,
I’m nearing the end of putting together my very first Kevin Rodel Arst & Crafts Side Chair. (9 more to go after that.) I’m at a point in the production steps that I’d like to ask for tips from others who have built this gorgeous chair. (Once I’m done building my 10 chairs, I’d be more than happy to share all of my notes and photos describing the creation and assembly steps.)
I’m at the stage where I’m creating and attaching the four lower side and cross stretchers. Here are my two sets of questions for the two areas where I would appreciate your input.
1. How, exactly, did you create your half-lapped dovetails on the stretchers? What tools? What techniques? Has anyone used a electric miter saw set to the proper depth when creating the tails on the side stretchers? I can figure out how to do a half-lapped dovetail on two perpendicular parts, but these parts intersect at an 85.5 degree angle. Any tips welcome.
2. Has anyone attached the side stretchers that go between the front and rear legs with dowels? I’m thinking about drilling holes with a 5/8” forstner bit and then using 2” long dowels at all four joints. The part I’m struggling with is the angle (read: compound angle) of the holes/mortises at the back end of the side stretcher where it meets the rear leg. How precise does that compound angled mortise need to be to make a nice, tight joint?
Thanks much, Dale.
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