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Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair #13: Arm-to-front-leg mortises

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 05-19-2020 02:09 AM 204 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: A start on the arms Part 13 of Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair series Part 14: Final mortises? »

The technique I used to mark the mortise locations on the arms was fiddly to get right, but in the end it worked out. On the top of the front leg, I transferred its mortise layout lines onto the leg’s sides so they could be seen from underneath when the arm was in place. With the front leg clamped into its correct position front-to-back and side-to-side, I set the arm in place and then laid on my back to transfer the marks from the legs to the underside of the arm. I probably took 30 minutes fussing over this step getting everything adjusted and positioned correctly. I’m sure there must have been an easier way.

Once I finally got one arm marked, I connected the marks to get my mortise center and axis.

I then extended those lines to the edge of the arm, marked those positions, and carried them onto the sides.

Then I inverted the first arm and placed it on top of the second arm, transferred all four edge marks, and then connected them to find the mortise center for the second arm.

I made an MDF router template with cross-hairs, and transferred their locations to the inside of the template.

Then flipped it upside down and lined-up the template marks with those on the arm.

After clamping it in place, I routed the mortise.

With the mortise cut in both arms, I dry fit the tenons to check for fit. The arm-to-back-stile mortises are next.



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#1 posted 05-19-2020 03:10 PM

Lovely!
Have you had a look at what Caleb James have been dooing lately? https://www.instagram.com/calebjamesmaker/

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#2 posted 05-19-2020 07:58 PM



Lovely!
Have you had a look at what Caleb James have been dooing lately? https://www.instagram.com/calebjamesmaker/

- kaerlighedsbamsen

You know, I have been poking around and finding Caleb’s posts, pictures, and videos in various places, and they’ve been helpful. He’s been kind enough to answer some questions I’ve emailed to him. I ended up buying digital copies of the Popular Woodworking issues where he shows the weaving for a chair of his design that mirrors how the CH-25 was done. That will be very helpful when I get to that stage. But I hadn’t seen the instagram page you linked, and that has some more gems that I hadn’t unearthed yet – thanks for that! I didn’t realize that he had built a CH-27-ish chair himself or that he had tried shou sugi ban on chairs. That gives me some hope!

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#3 posted 05-20-2020 01:41 PM

Glad it was usefull for your. Lately Caleb has been making some exceptionally nice interpretations of Wegner style chairs – and still not afraid of experimenting, I´m a big fan

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

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