Chair Side Frames

I started by making the chairs. (The table is shown in the next article.) Each chair consists of two side frames. Begin by ripping the leg uprights (A,B) and the rails (C) 2" wide from 4/4 (I:Vi6") stock. Then cut them to length as shown in Fig. 1.

half laps. These pieces are joined with half-laps to form the side frames. I started by cutting end laps at the three corners where the rails meet the uprights.

shoulder cut. When cutting half-laps, the shoulder cut is made first. This cut determines the length and depth of the lap and ensures that you will have a clean square shoulder.

shoulder length. To set up the cut, lock the rip fence in place so the distance from the fence to the outside of the blade equals the width of the stock being lapped (2" in this case), see Fig. 2.

blade height. Next, the blade height is set to cut half way through the stock. When making the cheek cut, the blade will cut into this kerf and leave a square corner.

make shoulder cuts. When the saw is set up, make the shoulder cuts on both ends of the front uprights (B) and the rails (C), but on only one end (the bottom end) of the back uprights (A).

Shop Note. It's tempting at this point to form the lap joints by continuing to make multiple passes over the saw blade. (This is how I usually form tenons.) But the saw-blade will leave a series of score marks that will be visible at the edges of the finished joint. Instead, I used a tenon jig.

cheek cut. The cheek cut determines the finished thickness of the lap joint. To make this cut, I used a tenon jig that slides over the top of the table saw fence, see Fig. 3. (For details on how to build this tenon jig, see Woodsmith No. 24.)

First, set the height of the sawblade so it cuts into the kerf of the shoulder cut. Then adjust the tenon jig (by moving the fence in and out) to set the thickness of the lap. Now cut the ends of two scrap pieces and hold them together to check the accuracy of the cut. When they meet perfectly, make the cheek cuts on the chair rails and uprights.

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