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Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair #10: A few more mortises

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 05-14-2020 07:37 PM 426 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Side rail mortises for the front seat rail Part 10 of Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair series Part 11: Error and recovery »

Next I moved on to the rail-to-stile mortises and then those for the rear seat stretcher.

The rear seat stretcher has its mortises in the same location, which is not ideal. I went with a double mortise on the stretcher end, allowing the bottom one to intrude into the space created by the one made above. The top one was shallow, but I thought it was better than nothing for supporting the weight that will be concentrated in that area of the chair.

I made mortise template with an offset hole. Use it one way for the first mortise, then rotate it to make the second one. I tried it out on an off-cut first. After seeing the stepped edges inside the mortise, I switched to the technique of plunging all the way at the beginning and end of the mortise and then clearing the middle. That worked much better.

Then the corresponding mortises in the side rails.

And then another dry fit with the pieces so far.



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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#1 posted 05-14-2020 08:52 PM

Dont understand why this blog is not getting more attention, great stuff.
There sure is a lot going on at that point where the legs, back rest ant back stretcher meets – plu sit is close to the weaving slots. How do you prevent it from being a weak spot?

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

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#2 posted 05-14-2020 09:24 PM


Dont understand why this blog is not getting more attention, great stuff.
There sure is a lot going on at that point where the legs, back rest ant back stretcher meets – plu sit is close to the weaving slots. How do you prevent it from being a weak spot?

- kaerlighedsbamsen

Folks might be holding their breath for the potential train wreck at the end! :)

My hope is that because the mortises near the top, they will be primarily under compression with weight on the chair, and since they will be filled with floating tenons, the rail will be strong enough. Time will tell.

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#3 posted 05-15-2020 08:22 AM

My hope is that because the mortises near the top, they will be primarily under compression with weight on the chair, and since they will be filled with floating tenons, the rail will be strong enough. Time will tell.

Good point on the compresssion part, had not thought about that

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

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