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Angled clamping. A flat surface and clamps with adjustable jaws ensure that the side assembly glues together without slippage or twist. The author uses a scrap block between the upper and lower rails to keep the splicing correct (left). Make sure the entire assembly is true by gluing it together upright on the bench (right).
the table 5# in order to bevel the bottom edge of each stretcher at the same angle as the top edge. Use the curved stretcher to lay out the remaining stretchers and saw the curves on these picccs. You could clean up the bandsaw marks with a curved block of wood and some sandpaper, but I prefer to use a spokeshave because it's quick and dust-free. Set the blade for a light cut and push the spokeshave "downhill" from the ends of each rail toward the center to avoid tearout. Use firm, long strokes to prevent chatter.
Loose tenons—I made the loose tenons by thickness-planing some cherry stock until it slipped into a mortise with a slight amount of friction. Once the fit was correct, I ripped the stock into strips of the necessary width, then lowered the blade and cut shallow grooves on both sides of the strips. The grooves allow air and excess glue to escape during assembly.
To fit the curved ends of the routed mortises, I routed the edges of the tenon stock on the router table using a l/8-in. round-over bit. (See photo, right.) Form each individual tenon by mitering one end of the stock on the tablesaw or chop saw, then cut the tenon to finished length. (See Fig. 2.)
Rounding the seat—To make the seat more comfortable, I rounded the corners of the blank slightly. (Sec Fig.
1.) Saw the corners on the bandsaw, then clcan up and smooth the curves with a spokeshave or a drum sandcr.
Angled clamping—Gluing up angled workpieces can be tricky because in these situations parts and clamps have an annoying tcndcncy to slip. My solution is to use wooden handscrcws and Bessey Flex K clamps (available from Tool Crib, Box 14040, Grand Forks, ND 58208, 800-358-3096). These types of clamps adjust to the angle of the work so that clamp pressure bears over the center of the joints. (See photos, above.)
Ciluing up the stool all at once requires
Rounding tenons. Round over the edges of the loose tenon stock on the router table to fit the curved ends of the mortises.
more clamps than are feasible, and the process can get hectic even if you use a slow-setting glue. 1 decided to work at a gentler pace by gluing together the two side assemblies separately. To avoid clamping any wist into each assembly, 1 glued up the parts on the flat surface of my bench. (Sec left photo, above.)
Once the glue was dry, I glued the side assemblies together by clamping them vertically on my bench, keeping a watchful eye on the legs as I tightened the clamps to make sure the assembly staved level with the surface of the
bench. (See right photo, above.)
Finishing up—I applied a wiping varnish to the seat and to the undercarriage separately, making it easier to get my hands inside the framework of the undercarriage.
Once the finish dried, I attached the seat to the undercarriage. To do this, insert the buttons into the slots in the top rails and then screw through the buttons into the seat. Now pull up a stool and relax. A
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