Mission Dining Build #5 - Armrest Fitment

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 10-11-2011 01:21 AM 1883 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are the steps I use to fit an armrest to the armchairs. As usual start with a mortise.

Use a sanding stick that is nearly as wide as the mortise. Attach 100 grit sandpaper to only one side of the sanding stick.

Use the sanding stick at a slight angle to clean up the mortise. The angle in the picture is exaggerated for clarity. A slight angle will prevent damage to the exposed side of the mortise, as well as make assembly easier.

Fit the tenon as you go until you have a nice snug joint.

Mark the through tenon.

Form the pyramid on an oscillating belt sander. Tilt table to 15 degrees. Set miter gauge to 90 degrees.

Final tenon shape.

Finally, hold the armrest next to the tenon as you mark the notch for the back leg. Cut the notch with a bandsaw, and install the armrest with a screw and decorative peg.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 10-11-2011 03:31 AM

That is a nice looking m/t joint! Thanks for the info. I never considered the pointed top but I like it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 10-11-2011 03:39 AM

nice element on the tenon there, just make sure to smooth it out or the arms will be poked! ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 10-11-2011 02:19 PM

Impressive. Nice looking joint.


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