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Thread: How would you size this angle slat to the back top piece

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    How would you size this angle slat to the back top piece

    Thinking about building a couple mission chairs. In this detail the bottom of the top piece in the back is curved, which I think is a nice detail. How would you get the vertical slat to match the angle in the bottom of the top piece? Thanks. Brian

    mission chair detail.jpg

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Piercefield, NY
    I would assume that there is a full size mortise in the top of the back, and the slat is just stuck into it. Then you wouldn't have to match the angle, and it would be much stronger than the other way.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    That's often done with a combination of removing most of the stock for the tenon with machinery and then refining the tenon and shoulder using hand tools to match the curve. You can scribe the curve on the material if you dry assemble the top piece, sides and whatever component(s) that those attach to where the slats go at the bottom. It's a bit of fiddling but that's what woodworking is about. For the mortises, do them before cutting the curve in the top piece if at all possible. It's easier to cut them when the piece is rectangular...

    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Make a pattern from cardboard and manilla folder paper. If the slat is 12" long make a manilla stub for each end about 3" long. Make a cardboard slat 11" long and tape the ends to it in place. Voila! a template in ten minutes.

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