Jensen-style Z-Chair #20: Back stile tapers

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 06-23-2019 02:10 AM 212 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As best as I can determine from photos, the back stiles taper inward a little from above the joint with the arm to the top end. I didn’t notice this until long after I had cut the mortise for the upper back rail. That mortise is 0.8” deep in the 1” thick stock, so it had to be a gentle taper so that I wouldn’t expose the bottom of the mortise on the outside of the stile.

I marked out a layout line about 1/8”+ at the top end of the stiles tapering to nothing right above the arm joint. I roughly sketched on the surface the depth of the mortise so that I wouldn’t take off too much material.

I used the belt sander to slowly sand down to the lines. While I might have been tempted to be a little more aggressive on the taper had the mortise been shallower, I think what I removed will give the very subtle taper of the original. If you know it’s there, it’s easy to spot. But subconsciously perceived, it is one of those small details of the design that contributes to the lightness of the whole. (IMO)

The next step is routing the round-overs on all of the side pieces. I’ve been waiting for that day for a long time.

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