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Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair #7: Front leg tenon

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 05-08-2020 01:27 AM 285 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I took a little time to cautiously shape the tenon on front leg. A little bit of bandsaw trimming and some gentle rasp work got it into shape.

As best as I could tell from photos of the CH-27, the front leg tenon fits into slightly off-center mortise in the side member. Given the thicker pieces that I’m using, my mortise was even more off-center. This give some more distance between the seat and leg and gives it that floating look.

Also by inspecting photos, the front leg looks to be at right angles to the top surface of the side member, which meant it was at a slight angle to the bottom where the mortise goes.

And a test fit.



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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#1 posted 05-09-2020 09:14 AM

That way of joining the two parts is so elegant. Gotta love Wegner for his design skills!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Jerroni

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#2 posted 05-09-2020 02:25 PM

Very nice! I really like the microjig layout. I visited Copenhagen last summer, and there was a great, Danish chair exhibit at the design museum. Many of the chairs required specialty jigs, and they were built for the mass market – with industrial processes well before cnc. However, a lot of time was spent on prototyping before a chair was mass produced. Wegner and many others exhibited. You can probably order books online from the museum store. Many of the chairs were shaped after the mortises were set, and I used that technique to make something much simpler (and probably less ergonomic) after I got home. You can see it in my profile. Looking forward to your final product!

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#3 posted 05-10-2020 01:27 PM

I visited Copenhagen last summer, and there was a great, Danish chair exhibit at the design museum.

I live near by, my favorite museum!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Ross Leidy

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#4 posted 05-11-2020 12:41 PM



Very nice! I really like the microjig layout. I visited Copenhagen last summer, and there was a great, Danish chair exhibit at the design museum. Many of the chairs required specialty jigs, and they were built for the mass market – with industrial processes well before cnc. However, a lot of time was spent on prototyping before a chair was mass produced. Wegner and many others exhibited. You can probably order books online from the museum store. Many of the chairs were shaped after the mortises were set, and I used that technique to make something much simpler (and probably less ergonomic) after I got home. You can see it in my profile. Looking forward to your final product!

- Jerroni

That sounds like a fantastic exhibit. I visited Cophenhagen a number of years ago, but unfortunately it was before I caught the Danish chair bug. Maybe one day I’ll get to return and check out the museum.

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Ross Leidy

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#5 posted 05-11-2020 12:44 PM


I live near by, my favorite museum!

- kaerlighedsbamsen


What a treat! That would be great for inspiration!

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