rail)G 1 13/16 x 1-3/4 x 17'' (lowerfront rail)H 1 13/16 x 1-3/4 x 15'' oak(lower back rail)I 2 13/16 x 3 x 16-1/4'' oak (topside rail)J 2 13/16 x 1-3/4 x 16-1/4''(lower side rail)K 6 3/8 x 1 x 7-3/4'' oak (sideslat)L 5 3/8 x 1 x 15-3/8'' oak (backslat)M 4 13/16 x 1-1/2 x 3-5/8'' (cornerblock)N 8 1-1/2'' No. 8 fh woodscrewO 4 2-1/4'' No. 8 fh woodscrewMisc.: Medium Fumed Oak aniline dye(No. W1190)
Making The Parts
Begin construction by ripping and crosscutting stock to size for the front legs.Then, cut two 4 x 42-in. blanks for the rear legs. Make a cardboard templatefor the rear legs and trace around it to transfer the shape to each blank. Sawto the waste side of the line with a band saw or sabre saw, and use a sharpplane to trim each leg square and to finished dimension (Photo 1).Mark the mortise locations on all legs. To make this job easier, clamp severallegs together with the ends held even and mark across them using astraightedge or square as a guide. Install a 3/8-in.-dia. spiral up-cutting bit inyour router, and use an edge guide to rout the mortises in the legs (Photo 2).Square the rounded mortise ends with a sharp chisel.Cut blanks of 1-3/4-in.-thick stock for the curved back rails. Before cuttingtheir curved profiles, use a table saw and dado blade to cut the tenons at theends of the pieces (Photo 3). Note that the tenons are not centered acrossthe thickness of the blanks. Cut one side of all the tenons first, then readjustthe blade height to cut the other side. It's best to cut the tenons about 1/32 in.thicker than indicated, and then use a sharp chisel to pare the surfacessmooth and bring the tenons to finished dimension.Make a cardboard template for the back-rail shape and use it to transfer theshape to each blank. Use a band saw to cut the inside curve of each rail(Photo 4). Then, remove the saw marks and smooth the curved shape with aspokeshave (Photo 5). Go back to the band saw to cut the outside curve andsmooth that surface with either a block plane or spokeshave. Don't cut thearched profile of the top rails at this time.Cut stock for the lower front and back rails to finished dimension and use adado blade in the table saw to cut the tenons. Readjust the blade height andhold the rails on edge to cut the top and bottom shoulders at each rail end.Next, cut stock to size for the side rails. Study the drawing to be sure youunderstand the angled tenons on these pieces. Label each rail with its
After sawing the rear leg shape, use a sharp planeto remove saw marks and trim the leg to exactsize.
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