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Cutting Notches in

To make sure the arms of the rocker wouldn't work loose, I cut a notch in each back leg and let in the ends of the arms. But trying to lay out a square notch on a round dowel can be tricky.

To help lay out the notch accurately, I made a template with a shallow arc on one side. The arc matches the curve of the back leg so that you can trace the outline of the notch.

TEMPLATE. To make the template, I marked centerlines on a square block of wood and drilled a lV'-dia. hole through the center, see Fig. 1. (This block

Round Stock should be the same thickness as the arms of the chair.) Then I cut the block in two pieces so I had a 1/t"-deep arc in one piece.

To keep the arms of the chair flat, the notch needs to be positioned at the same height as the tenon on the front leg. To do this, I cut a spacer block the same length as the distance from the upper side rail to the shoulder of the tenon on the front leg, see Fig. 2.

Then I just set the template against the back leg on top of this spacer block and traced along the top and bottom edges to estab lish the top and bottom of the notch, see Figs. 2 and 2a.

The next step is to lay out the ends of the notch. To do this, place a framing square across both back legs and measure in half the diameter of the leg (3/4m in my case), see Figs. 3 and 3a. This will be the center of the notch.

Now place the template against the leg again, lining up the centerpoint on the leg with the centerpoint on the template. Mark the

ends of the template arc to designate the ends of the notch, see Fig. 4.

To cut the notches, carefully saw along the top and bottom layout lines with a hand saw, see Fig. 5. Then chisel out the waste down to the end lines of the notch, see Fig. 6. S3

NOTE: Block should match thickness of arm

NOTE: Block should match thickness of arm

Cut block here

Mark centerline on template

Cut block here

Mark centerline on template

Use template to mark ends of notch

Use template to mark ends of notch

Spacer block

Saw along top and bottom

NOTE: Keep saw kerf to the waste side of the layout lines

Saw along top and bottom

NOTE: Keep saw kerf to the waste side of the layout lines

Draw centerline for aligning template

Framing square -

Work from both sides of notch to chisel out waste

Use quarter (1"dia) to draw circle on end of leg

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