Backsplat Detail

Groove, Vs in. deep

6/8-in.-thick tenoned strip

%-in.-thick strip

Edges beveled at 2°

Bevel the thin strips. After ripping the 3/s-in- Use the crest rail and the bottom rail to guide the glue-up. Apply glue with a syringe to avoid thick strips to width, joint a 2° bevel on their squeeze-out. Do not glue the splat to the rails yet. Once the back splat has dried, go ahead and glue edges to allow the splat to curve. It to the crest and bottom rails, then assemble the rest of the chair back.

shape of the crest rail and the back rail. For this element, you'll need two blanks, % in. and 5/s in. thick and wide enough to cut the required number of strips.

Diy-fit the crest rail and the back rail into the legs and measure vertically between them. Add 1 in. to that measurement for the Vi-in. tenons, and cut the 5/s-in.-thick blank to length. Now cut 3/s-in.-thick tenons on each end, rip the board into four l-in.-wide strips, and cut the remaining tenon shoulders on the strips.

Next, cut the grooves for the 3/s-in.-thick strips, beginning 1 in. from the top shoulder line, and square up the top edge with a chisel. Now cut the 3/s-in.-thick blank to the same length as the grooves, rip it into strips, and joint a 2° bevel along each edge of the thin strips. Sand all the parts to P220-grit, and glue up the back splat using the crest rail and bottom rail as glue-up jigs. To avoid squeeze-out, use a glue syringe to apply the glue.

Glue up the front and rear assemblies

While the back-rest assembly is drying, glue up the two front legs and the front seat rail. Notch the tenon on the front rail to give clearance for the side-rail tenons. Be sure the legs are parallel with no toe-in or splay as you clamp up the assembly. Reinforce the joints with a 3/i6-in.-dia. dowel hidden on the inside face. When the glued-up back splat has cured, remove the crest and back rails, apply glue to the mortises, and glue these parts together. To help with the clamp-up, use the arch cutoff as a caul.

Allow this assembly to dry, then glue it and the back seat rail to the rear legs. Again, reinforce the rear seat tenons on the inside with a -Vie-in.-dia. dowel. While you are at it, install the 3/i6-in. pegs in the tops of the rear legs through the M-in.-sq. peg holes to reinforce the crest rail mortise-and-tenon joint.

Install the lower stretcher assembly

The lower stretcher assembly not only helps stabilize the lower part of the chair against racking forces, but the exposed

Fit the lower stretchers

The lower stretchers help stabilize the chair against racking forces. The side stretchers attach to the legs with slip tenons, and the cross stretchers connect to the side stretchers via half-lapped dovetails.

Cut the rear shoulders first. The rear shoulders of the stretchers are angled 85.5° horizontally. In addition, they must be angled vertically to match the leg taper. Start by dry-clamping the chair, and set a bevel gauge to the vertical angle (left). To cut the rear shoulder on the tablesaw (right), tilt the blade to 85.5°, then use the bevel gauge to set the angle of the miter gauge.

Cut the rear shoulders first. The rear shoulders of the stretchers are angled 85.5° horizontally. In addition, they must be angled vertically to match the leg taper. Start by dry-clamping the chair, and set a bevel gauge to the vertical angle (left). To cut the rear shoulder on the tablesaw (right), tilt the blade to 85.5°, then use the bevel gauge to set the angle of the miter gauge.

Creep up on the fit Cut the front shoulders with the miter gauge set to 90° and the blade tilted to 85.5°. Leave each stretcher a little long and take light crosscuts until the ends slide up into place and align with the mortise locations.
Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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