Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair #12: A start on the arms

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 05-17-2020 10:27 PM 209 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are a few things about arms that make them a bit of a pain to setup, and this was one job I definitely wanted to “mark not measure”. I started by temporarily fixing the front leg in place so that it was perpendicular to the rail. This was necessary to set the angle of the flat top the leg, which defines the angle of the armrest, which then dictates where the base of the arm meets the back stile. A few pictures will help.

I started with an arm template. I toyed with the idea of making an integral tenon in the end, so I extended the base of the arm template a bit. Ultimately, I decided on a floating tenon, but the extra waste at the end was useful when I went to tweak the compound angle at the end.

Temporarily clamping one of the front legs in place so that it’s locally perpendicular to the rail.

And then clamping the arm piece in place to determine where it will meet the back stile. (The arm piece is full thickness here, but will be tapered to half thickness at the front end after the mortises are made.)

With the arm in place, I could transfer the horizontal and vertical angles of the joint with the stile.

On the disc sander, I got the miter gauge set for one angle and tilted the bed for the other, and tweaked the angles until the arm base fit flat against the stile.

Now that I’ve got the angles right, I can trim off the excess, and sand down to the final length.

Next I’ll tackle locating the mortise on the underside of the arm that corresponds with the mortise in the top of the front leg.

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