Preparing The Arms And The Rockers

Mortise outline for front leq tenon

Arm stock

1 Cutting the arms and rockers

Referring to the anatomy illustration on page 38, make a template for the arms. Outline the shape on one arm blank, then flip the template over and outline the second arm; this will ensure that the two are mirror images of each other. On each arm, also mark the mortise that will accept the tenon at the top end of the front leg. Cut the arms to shape on your band saw (right). Repeat the process to saw the rockers.

2 Preparing the arms for assembly

Although the tenons at the ends of round parts of the chair—like the legs, rails, stretchers, and slats—can be done on the lathe (page 30), the tenons at the back end of the arms cannot be turned. Instead, install a dowel cutter on your drill press, tilt the machine table 90° and clamp the arm in place with the tenon-end centered under the cutter. Set the drilling depth at one-half the leg diameter then cut the tenon (left).

Mortise outline for front leq tenon

Arm stock

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