The last tutorial was
on making a prototype. Now I am working in quarter-sawn oak and
making the first 2 chairs from my templates after making very minor
I lowered the back 1"
and I shortened the front to back distance 1". Now I am working with
mortises using my slot mortiser on the MiniMax J/P Mortiser. By
making an inclined table at 9.6 degrees, the tenons will approximate
the curve of the rear top stretcher.
This was something I
used to make an inclined jig and use a router. It is one of the
things that makes chairs a little tough to figure out and construct.
I realize that many
of you don't have a slot mortiser and for years I didn't either,
just make a router jig. The legs were paired and shaped together
using rasps... I included my shop built bandsaw table which is
really great on angled cuts and precise sizing of legs etc.
The last photo shows
my Japanese mortise gauge another specialty tool that was given to
me by Chris Fedderschon from Palomar College woodworking school on a
recent trip to Japan.
gauge is not available in the US. It is almost like a square and
It allows you to
layout from the edges of the board, marking center lines or mortise
perimeters and match from one board to the mate. It also allows
checking the height of the bit from the mortising table and match to
It is important to
sketch the critical connections.