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Angles, Part 2

06 Sep 2012 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

In the last post I showed how to measure for drilling angles using an existing chair. The drilling method, rise and run, relies on using the trapezoid formed by the rungs and legs and rotating it until the rung mortise to be drilled is 90° to the table top. However, if you do not have […]


23 Aug 2012 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

For many woodworkers new to chairmaking, especially if their previous experience depended on “straight, flat, and square,” calculating and drilling angled mortises into round, curved parts can seem like magic. Over the years Brian has developed some very simple and accurate methods for drilling rung mortises without ever knowing the actual drilling angle. The chair […]