Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair #5: Legwork

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 05-06-2020 03:07 PM 230 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The front legs have a couple of mortises – one at the top for a floating tenon to attach to the arm, and the other midway down the side to accept the front stringer.

With the edges still square, I cut the top mortise first. The mortising jig I built for the last chair is really working out well.

Before cutting the stretcher mortise, I rounded-over most of the edges on the leg with a 9/16” radius bit. The remaining square edge I’ll round later.

For the stretcher mortise, I made this positioning jig to orient the leg at the proper angle and to locate the mortise.

The stretcher is essentially just a long floating tenon, which I’ll trim to length later.

Then some rasp and round file work to shape that little hook area. I still need to complete the edge round-overs and shape that tenon that will fit into the long side member. In hindsight, I probably should have made that tenon a little longer. We’ll see how it goes.

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