Boggs Side Chair Build #26: A Good Joint

Good joinery is key to building a chair that will stand up to the stresses of everyday use and stand up to the test of time as well. The primary joint in this chair — the joint between the rungs and the legs — is essentially a dowel joint, a round tenon in a round mortise. Although dowel joints are notorious for their high failure rate, it’s possible to make a dowel joint that is strong and long lasting.