Back Rest And Stretcher

All that's left is to make the back rest and bottom stretcher so the chair can be assembled. Begin by cutting the back rest (F) out of 4/4 stock so that it's 4" wide by 10 V6" long. Then cut the bottom stretcher (E) 2" wide by lOVfe" long.

Before assembly, round over all four edges of both pieces with the W round-over bit on the router table, see Fig. 13.


We decided to use knock-down connector screws to fasten the chair together. (As kids grow, the table and chairs can be knocked down and shipped or stored for the next generation.)

The connector screws we used are large, deep-threaded screws with an untapered root that allows the joint to be put together and taken apart many times without weakening the joint. (See page 24 for sources for these connectors.)

shank holes. The shank holes for these connectors are diameter, which is equal to the outside diameter of the threads. To locate the shank holes for the connectors that fasten the side frame to the seat, center the holes on the lap joints on the top rail, see Fig. 13.

Then locate the shank holes for the bottom stretcher centered on the length and width of the bottom rails (C), see Fig. 13.

The shank holes in the top of the back uprights (A) that hold the back rest in place are centered on the line scribed parallel to the taper cut, see Detail in Fig. 13.

piu)t holes. After the shank holes are drilled, the pilot holes for the connector screws can be drilled in the ends of the seat rails, back rest, and bottom stretcher, see Fig. 14.

Note: These pilots holes are Vie" dia., which is just a hair larger than the root of the connectors. This size is critical so the connector cuts reusable threads in the wood. If the bit is too large, the threads will be weak. If it's too small, the connector will split the wood.

perpendicular holes. To make certain the holes were perpendicular to the ends of the workpieces, I used a Portalign. To do this, clamp the end of the workpiece flush with the top of the bench so the Portalign is supported by the jaws of the bench vise, see Fig. 15.

deep holes. There's one more thing to watch when drilling the pilot holes for the connectors. Make sure the bottom of the hole is about V.«" deeper than the length of the screw, see Fig. 16. (The end of the connector is blunt and you don't want it to bottom out in the hole.)

finishing. After the holes are drilled, fasten the pieces with the connector screws. Then I disassembled the chair to finish it with two coats of polyurethane.

Overall Dimensions: 12"d

x 12"w x 20"h

(Two Chairs]


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■y.4x 2- 12


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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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