Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair #5: Start to arms.

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Blog entry by TigerTed posted 12-18-2018 05:33 PM 597 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: First fit up Part 5 of Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair series Part 6: Start on the back »

First we need to make bent arms. Not really bent. Bandsaw wedge off top and glue to bottom. Clean with handplane until angle is right.

The legs now have grooves to accept corbels (router) and tenons on the top (bandsaw and handsaw). Tenons in rear leg are angled at the shoulder to match the rail. In this view I show that the clamped chair side is used to mark the mortises of the arms.

The hole was drilled with a brace in the vise as shown. Tried drill press with no luck. Then it’s working with a chisel and float. Make sure not to ship at the top. I make the bottom opening a tad large to initiate fit. The tenon is marked up with pencil and the arm is engaged on side assembly. Pop off and notice where the graphite went. Then we use the float to clean. Do that a million times until the tenon is all the way through. The float is always somewhat angled to ensure tight fit at the top.

I cut grooves in the arm to accept the upper side rails. Didn’t want light coming through. Also, this was a good time to drill the adjuster holes. This was done on drill press to remain square. Note, that no profiling of the arm done yet. This allows good bearing on drill press table.

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