A new dining room set for my wife! #16: Front legs are finally done! Now on the the back ones, again!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-09-2011 08:18 AM 2186 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: Sanding is the pits! Here's something unusual I plan on doing. Part 16 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 17: Tapering the back legs. »

It may seem like I’m hopping back and forth between different parts of this project. Well, you’re right.

As of yet I haven’t decided exactly how I’m going to do the back legs.

I also just wanted to get the front legs out of the way. They are by far the most work in this project, as you can tell.

I wanted also to get some of the more difficult aspects of this project behind me.

And here they are. All the completed parts ar at that end of the table. You can see I’m gluing up some more material in the back ground.

Back to the back legs. The first thing I wanted to do is to make them exactly the same length and I also wanted to change the angle at the top end of the chair. I just used a piece of scrap to help position the piece.

Since I’m going to upholster the chairs I will need a couple of rails crossing from one leg to the other top and bottom.
I was going to use a router to make the mortises as you can see in the picture below:

For whatever reason I don’t really care for mortises with rounded ends, so I decided to use the mortising machine again. What I did was to add some hardwood along the inside of the holes I already made. Since I am going to use the back fence on the mortising machine I am really only using the ends as stops for the length of the mortise.

The lower mortise was easy since I had a nice flat surface to rest against the fence. The top was another matter. What I ended up doing was to position it by eye the first time and then used a blue felt tipped pen to trace out the part. When I did the next part I just made sure that I had a even spacing and that was it.

Here they are all done.

That was the last operation that I needed to do with the part being able to lie flat. Next I will taper the legs.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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naomi weiss

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#1 posted 05-09-2011 08:22 AM

Those are a lot of legs! Keep up the good work, Gary!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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Gary Fixler

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#2 posted 05-09-2011 10:34 AM

I love to see the process unfold like this. You are really good at making jigs for this complicated stuff, and the order-of-operations is always fun to follow along with.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 03:11 PM

That’s s very impressive looking pile of finished chair pieces you have stacked there!

You kind of lost me on the mortises. I’m not sure I understand the purpose of the little blocks you glued inside the mortise. Was it to make a smaller, squarer hole?

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 05-09-2011 03:20 PM

Looks good Gary.


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#5 posted 05-09-2011 05:30 PM

ShopTinker – Exactly right.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 05-09-2011 07:07 PM

Gary, are you going to be doing any carving on those front legs?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 05-09-2011 08:04 PM

Hey Joe – You didn’t seem crazy when I met you. Did something happen since then? :-)

There’s no way in the world that I’m going to carve one leg let alone 16!
It took me days just to sand them.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 05-09-2011 08:09 PM

Gary: a beautiful detailed blog series. Nice job on the legs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-11-2011 10:41 AM

Love it! This will be a real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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