Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #4: Marc Adams School, Day 3

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 10-12-2017 12:53 AM 1703 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After cleaning up the parts with the ROS, I dry fit the back assembly to see how everything fit.

With that much of the chair dry fit, we moved on to fabricating the angled side aprons. The first step is to lay out the mortises on the back and front legs. The front legs have an angled face that has not been cut yet, so the front face cant be used to locate the mortise. I must locate the mortise from the inside edge of the leg. To do this, I work out the location by laying out the back leg mortise first . I lay out the rear leg mortise with the proper offset, then measure from the back of the leg so I can locate the mortise on the front leg.

Since these joints also use floating tenons, we set up the miter saw at the correct angle and used a stop to be sure our pieces were cut identical and to the proper length. After cutting the aprons to length, we set up the multi-router to cut the angled mortises. I then pattern routed the cloud lift in the bottom of the aprons. With the side aprons complete, it was time for a quick dry fit to be sure everything looked good before proceeding.

The next step is to prepare the bottom stretchers. After dimensioning my material, I lay out the angled through mortise in each side stretcher.

To cut this mortise, we set up the hollow chisel mortiser. By supporting the work piece with a wedge at the correct angle, we were able to bore the angled mortises.

Next I fit the first angled through tenon. After laying out the tenon, I cut the shoulders with a hand saw then cut away most of the waste for the cheeks on the bandsaw.

Back at the bench I cleaned up the tenon with a chisel and fine tuned the fit with a sanding block.

Tomorrow I will fit the remaining through tenon on the bottom stretcher and pattern route the cloud lifts.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#1 posted 10-12-2017 01:05 AM

Interesting blog thanks.


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#2 posted 10-12-2017 01:05 AM

It all looks so easy and simple, but it’s not….....

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 10-12-2017 01:19 PM

coming along quite nicely tung i look forward to each days that wall of clamps!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 10-12-2017 04:09 PM

Awesome! Are you using pencil for your layout lines?

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#5 posted 10-12-2017 11:30 PM

Awesome! Are you using pencil for your layout lines?

- CaptainSkully

most of the white lines you see are made with a mechanical pencil with white fabric lead. I’m using the white lead, regular lead and scribe lines depending on the purpose.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#6 posted 10-13-2017 08:18 PM

Very very interesting!!
Thanks for posting this up.

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#7 posted 10-14-2017 02:25 AM

Looks like you’re making very good progress for just your third day!

I’m warming to the idea of the floating tenon. I would normally just make them the regularl way because I don’t have the horizontal router, but may have to look into getting one.

I suppose there’s always the Domino—after I win the Lottery, of course…..........!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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