Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair #14: Final mortises?

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 05-22-2020 02:11 AM 227 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Arm-to-front-leg mortises Part 14 of Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair series Part 15: Back rails weaving slots »

Not much to show for today’s work. I made the arm-to-back-stile mortises (the final ones for the chair) and then tapered the top of the arms on the bandsaw and planed them to clean them up.

I’ll soon be at the place where I’ll need to complete the edge round-overs on each of the pieces. One last thing I may do is to shorten all the stretchers a bit. I think that the chair is a little wide, a little off in its proportions compared to the original. I expected this to some degree since I had to beef-up the structure to use the soft construction lumber. But the overall width has looked off to me from the beginning. If I’m going to shorten the stretchers, now is the time. If I end up doing that, I’ll need to redo some mortises to deepen them. Then I’ll be done with the mortises.

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#1 posted 05-22-2020 01:14 PM

Looking good! Mortises in construction grade lumber? I’d be curious how long they’ll last without opening up too much. Good luck!

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#2 posted 05-24-2020 03:53 PM

Looking good! Mortises in construction grade lumber? I d be curious how long they ll last without opening up too much. Good luck!

- BigAl98

Yeah, it’s a risk. As I get into the project, using construction lumber is seeming more and more like a false economy with all the work it’s taking. But, I’m anxious to see how it all turns out.

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