Careful tenon layout is the key to cutting and mastering this intimidating joint
Will Neptune, while working as an instructor at North Bennet Street School, shares his tricks for cutting the compound angle mortise and tenon joinery, using Federal and Chippendale chairs as examples. He details the entire process from layout to the final cut. Plenty of photos show the plans he uses and the steps he takes. With this article, trapezoid-shaped seats and inward-canted legs will no longer present a challenge.
From Fine Woodworking #143