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daveintexas

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08-29-2008 07:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mission arts crafts morris rocking chair

A question for those of you with some experience.
When building a Mission style or Morris chair style rocking chair, what method do you prefer for attaching the legs to the rockers?
Thru mortices??
Or plain mortice and tenons?

OR …...................???

Thanks
Dave


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tenontim

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#1 posted 08-29-2008 07:48 PM

I use stopped mortise and tenons. Since end grain is harder than long grain, the rockers will have a tendency to wear, but not so much the tenons. When this happens, the tenon will try to be pushed out every time it hits the floor.

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#2 posted 08-30-2008 12:05 AM

Depends on the look you are going for.

I can answer to the Sam Maloof style that I build, the leg/rocker joints and sanded to match perfectly and then I use epoxy resin and 4” screws. The screws are there to hold the rocker tight to the leg while the epoxy sets up. They also provide lateral support.

I saw a couple different styles of mission rocker, some where the legs flat ended to the rockers which is why I mentioned my method.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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