With the chair test-assembled, position the side stretchers on the legs and mark their locations. Then remove the legs from the seat and secure one in a vise. Because the legs are raked to the front and back of the chair, the stretcher mortises in the legs must be angled. Adjust a sliding bevel to the correct angle, referring to the anatomy illustration on page 73. For the front legs the angle is 15° from the vertical; for the rear legs, it is 20°. Install a spoon bit in a hand brace, set the sliding bevel on the benchtop, and keep the brace aligned with the bevel blade as you drill each mortise (above).
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