Prepare two blanks and drill a mortise halfway through each one sized to accept the tenon at the top end of the front legs. Glue a length of dowel in each hole, then use the dowel to mount one of the blanks on your lathe. Turn the button to shape, then smooth it with sandpaper while it is still spinning on the lathe (right). Remove the button from the machine and drill out the dowel.
3 Installing the arm buttons
Once both arm buttons are ready, spread glue in their mortises and on the tenons at the top end of the front legs. Then position the buttons on the arms (left).
Set the rockers on a flat surface and position the chair on them so the rear legs sit about 2 inches behind the point where the rockers contact the surface. Use a chisel to shape the bottom of the notches in the legs so they lie perfectly flat on the rockers, then mark the screw holes on the sides of the rockers, using the holes in the legs as a guide. Remove the chair and drill a hole at each mark, set the chair upside down, and reposition the rockers on the chair. Now screw the legs and rockers together (right).
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