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.
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Milling rung stock and turning rungs
A visit with Windsor chairmaker Curtis Buchanan
Tools and custom accessories used for turning rungs
A spokeshave hand made by Brian Boggs in the early 90s
Final shaping of the slats using a round bottom spokeshave
Shape the rear legs using a drawknife, spokeshave and scraper
Shape the front legs using a drawknife, spokeshave and scraper
Drawknives, spokeshaves, card scrapers, and the shaving horse
The new archive page will list every entry in the Boggs Side Chair Build series in chronological order
Fit each slat tenon to it’s mortise | Evaluate the relationship of the components of the rear panel assembly | Adjust slats for a perfect rear panel | Dry fit the rear panel assembly
Precise hand-fitting of a slat tenon to it’s mortise
How to use the holding and measuring jigs | Transfer dimensions from the measuring jig to the slat blank | Layout the slat profile | Saw out the finished slat blank
Get the holding jig measurements and angles from known dimensions of the rear legs and rungs | Build the holding jig | Build the measuring jig