Preparing The Stock

Curving the back slats

Cut the pieces of the chair to size, referring to the anatomy illustration (page 24) and cutting patterns (page 25). For the back slats, start by tapering them so the middle one is 4% inches wide at the bottom and 5% inches at the top; the outside slats should be 2'A inches at the bottom and inches at the top. You can make the cuts on a table saw using a commercial jig or the shop-built version shown opposite. Next, set the slats edge to edge on a work surface; the ends will be uneven. To even out the bottom edge, use a pencil and a carpenter's square to mark a line across the outside slats that aligns with the end of the middle piece (above, left). Trim the outside slats along the marks, then draw a line down the center of the middle slat. Reposition the slats and clamp them together with their bottom ends aligned and '/«-inch-thick spacers between the pieces. Adjust a compass to a 16-inch radius, set the point on the middle slat centerline 18% inches from the bottom end, and draw the curve at the top end of in lats (above, right). Cut the slats on your band saw, then round ovr their edges (photo, above).

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TAPER JIG

To taper the back slats and legs of your chair on the table saw, build the jig shown above from %-inch plywood. Refer to the illustration for suggested dimensions. To assemble the jig, set the saw blade to its maximum height, butt one side of the jig base against the blade and position the rip fence flush against the other side of the base. Lower the blade. Mark a cutting line for the taper on the workpiece, then set it on the base, aligning the line with the edge of the base nearest the blade. Holding the workpiece securely, position the guide bar against the edge and the stop block snugly against the end. Screw the guide bar and stop block to the base and press the togggle clamps down to secure the workpiece to the jig; protect the stock with wood pads. To make the cut, set the blade height and slide the jig and workpiece across the table, making sure that neither hand is in line with the blade (right). (Caution: Blade guard removed for clarity.)

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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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