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Desk Chair: Episode 2

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What goes with mortises? That’s right, Paul now moves on to laying out and cutting the tenons. He runs through a couple of techniques for cutting two of the tenons that will make up the side frame. There are 16 mortise and tenon joints that make up the bottom part of this chair, but once you have the first two under your belt, you’ll be well on your way to a full set.

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  1. Bill Hall on 28 August 2019 at 2:57 pm

    As always, very nice tutorial / explanation of the process!

  2. pauline2165 on 28 August 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Excellent and enjoyable as usual, thank you.

  3. joeleonetti on 29 August 2019 at 6:23 am

    Thank you Paul. From your videos I have a pretty good feeling for the desired fit. How loose is too loose in a mortise and tennon fit where you would no longer want to rely upon glue? How would you fix it?

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 29 August 2019 at 2:13 pm


      Paul says:
      If a tenon is too loose, it’s best to replace the part. If that’s not possible, you can thicken the tenon by simply gluing another piece of wood to the tenon and recutting it. I do prefer that both walls make good contact, some woods will allow a tenon to be slightly fatter than the opening because of the compressibility of the wood in both the mortise piece and tenon piece. Knowing your wood is paramount. That comes by experience and I can’t give you that.

      Kind Regards,

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