A new dining room set for my wife! #19: Time for a rabbet or two. Getting close!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-12-2011 12:32 AM 1969 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Made some rails Part 19 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 20: Corners, corners and more corners! »

As I showed in the last post, I will be upholstering the back and seat of these chairs. To provide a place to attach the upholstery I need a place to attach it to. For the seat it’s easy and obvious. For the back it’s a little harder. I decided to add a rabbet to hold it into position and staples to keep it there. This will become clearer when it comes time to upholster them.

Here are all the back legs and a top and bottom rail. I mark them with a big marking pen to make sure I don’t cut the wrong area. I also mark the start and end of the cuts. That will make sure I notice when I get close to the end of the cut. Don’t want to cut off too much, now do we?

For the narrow pieces I use a bigger piece of wood to support it and keep it flat on the table. Otherwise it might tip over.

Same thing when I’m routing near the tip. I make sure to keep the wider part of the leg on the table and held there.

Here are a couple of completed legs. You will notice that the pattern and color of the legs don’t match. I will match them up later.

You can see the “inside” of the rabbet here. I will chisel the corners square later.

And here is a trail fit. That small taper really makes a difference, huh?

Next time I’ll clean up those corners and add some more refinements to 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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#1 posted 05-12-2011 12:54 AM

moving right along
and as always
well thought out
and done

this is a great tutorial
you give so much
so well explained
and pictured

well done gary
bravo !

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 04:33 AM

Great job Gary. Nice design.

-- 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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#3 posted 05-12-2011 05:05 AM

Gary; Haven’t been doing a lot myself for some time now. But I do follow your input and find all to be very helpful. I have completed several projects myself in the past but nothing compared to your detail. Keep up the great work. If you don’t see much of me doesn’t mean I’m not watching.

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#4 posted 05-12-2011 05:47 AM

OOoo… Yes! Very nice! COOL!

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 01:08 PM

Fine work, Gary.


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