Jigs and loose tenons simplify angled joinery
Synopsis: Terry Moore decided to build chairs when he realized his clients were buying someone else’s chairs to go with his tables and desks. He simplified the joinery by basing it on loose tenons. He makes full-size drawings and a step-by-step construction plan, and then uses patterns and jigs to shape his stock. This article covers angled tenons and straight mortises, chair backs and crest rails, back slat tenons and mortises, assembly and when to rump test. Side information by Moore discusses his approach to chair design.
Chairmaking seems to intimidate many an accomplished craftsman. I must admit, I shied away from all that angled joinery for years. However, my fears subsided when I eventually realized that people were buying someone else’s chairs to go with my tables and desks and there was a risk that those chairs might detract from the beauty of my work. My other consideration…