Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair #8: Front seat stretcher

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 05-09-2020 07:14 PM 302 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Front leg tenon Part 8 of Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair series Part 9: Side rail mortises for the front seat rail »

The front seat stretcher has a nice curve to it – should be comfy. I started with an MDF template and cut out two stretchers. One will later become the top back stretcher.

I’ll use a mortise and floating tenon to attach it to the side rails. In order to clamp the curved stretcher to the mortising jig, I made a little curved wedge to provide a flat edge that was perpendicular to the end of the stretcher.

And used some double-stick tape to hold it in place.

I offset the mortise from center due to the curvature of the stretcher.

Then I used 1/2” radius bit to curve the front edges. The rear-facing edges (that will be concealed under the weaving) I later just eased with ROS – probably around 1/8” radius.

Next are the corresponding mortises in the side rails.

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