Morris inspired chair #4: The back goes together......finished crossed wedged tenon

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Blog entry by Bob Babcock posted 06-12-2007 12:08 AM 1748 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made some progress on the back. Looking good if I do say so myself.

Gluing the arched cross members to the posts. You can see one of the spots I’m not happy with in the foreground. When I cut this profile with the bandsaw it revealed some strange feathery wood that chipped out easily. I’m not too worried since it won’t be visible.
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From the top
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Inserting the pegs. The round pieces in the foreground are for the hinge. I started them with a two inch hole saw on the drill press then finshed them with the bandsaw and the spindle sander. I found that a 1/4” plug cutter makes the perfect hole to accept the 3/8” steel pipe nipple that will be the hinge pin. The fit is so perfect in fact that I’m not going to use glue on one of them. That way the back will be removable for moving.
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Here are the round pieces in action. They will be thinner. I’m going to cut a 1/2” thick wooden washer out of them as well.
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Gluing the back spindles. I made presses out of the scraps of the arched cross members.
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From the top
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Here is a close up of the crossed wedged tenons from the arm completed last night….this is one of the good ones. Still needs a light sanding before finishing.
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I’ll get a little bit more done tonight ….I’m getting anxious to see it finished.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 06-12-2007 12:47 AM

Looking great Bob. What did you use for the wedge in the tenons

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 06-12-2007 01:12 AM

looking good indeed. Pretty darned impressive

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 06-12-2007 01:17 AM

It’s lookin’ fantastic!

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#4 posted 06-12-2007 01:28 AM

Wow. I cannot wait to see it assembled.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 06-12-2007 01:48 AM

This is really turning out nice. It’s projects like this that almost make me embarassed to show mine. Thanks for this, Bob!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 06-12-2007 02:34 AM

Looking good! That hand saw sure caught my eye…how do I sign up for that tool lending program!

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#7 posted 06-12-2007 03:51 AM

Man! – this is looking great!-thanks for shaing the process!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#8 posted 06-12-2007 05:33 AM

Thanks all… I mentioned, this is the 1st piece of “fine” furniture that I’ve made. It’s the encouragement and inspiration that all of you have shared that made me think I could pull this off.

They are more mahogany Karson. I had a mix of lighter and darker stock. I’ve tried to contrast them where possible. I used Oak dowels

-- Bob

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