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  1. Here are a few dimension drawings from Fusion360, one of the front leg and one overview of the chair. Looking at the way the tenon was planned, I was concerned that parts of it could chip off. The tenon was designed to pass through the arm perpendicularly, which required the tenon to not follow the direction of the grain. The leg leans backward by a few degrees, so in order for the tenon to pass perpendicularly through the horizonal arm, the tenon needed to exit the top of the leg at an angle from the wood fibers. That would leave a bit of it unsupported at the top because of the lean. Because of that concern (and not because I screwed up when I laid it out and cut it. Ok, it was because I screwed up, but I'm justifying my incompetence retrospectively), I wound up actually making the tenon follow the general direction of the fibers, which is the same as the inside faces of the leg (that don't get the reverse taper). This winds up having the tenon have the same lean/splay as the front leg (toward the back) and making it pass through the arm at an angle. Sooo, that's where I stand. I like the idea of having it stop short of the top surface of the arm, then making a faux tenon top to peek out. I can make that look good and not have to worry too much. I'm still pretty much a beginner, so, while this is an ambitious design for me, sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. I also decided to add a bottom apron and some side slats to the stool to beef it up a bit. I'll post some pics as I progress. Overview Dimensions.pdf Right Front Leg Dimensions.pdf
  2. Mick, I see what you mean about the grain direction. It really seems to flow around the chair. Well thought-out, for sure. I have the same weak feeling in my bowels about no bottom stretcher on the ottoman. I think I will add one to the design. The picture I based it off of didn't have one, but.... My kids are very active, lol. As a side question, are you happy with that Hammer A3? Hammer is really big over here, though pricey. I've had my eye on the 12 inch Jet helical head for this spring. Have you had any experience with it?
  3. Mick and Chet, that's a fantastic idea with the through tenons. I think I'll use that! I'm just not that confident in my ability to cut a perfect angled through mortise through the arm. Since the leg is splayed, the tenon will cross through the plane of the arm at about 6° from perpendicular. I could hand cut it, but having only done a few through angled through mortises to date, it seems a pretty big risk of screwing it up. To use a jig, I'd have to make some kind of shim, I think, to get the angle right. The cap idea would let me cut the mortise and use a faux top cap to get a perfect fit. Fantastic. Great idea! I'm 6'1", so I'm making it just a bit higher as well. Chestnut, great results on those chairs! I had no idea the upholstery was going to be so expensive! They look fantastic though! Chet, that was a fantastic build. I love how perfect that bent lamination turned out! And that through mortise... Nice. Mick, wow! I love the detailed elements. Did you have an issue with fragility at the curve point on the cloudlift trim pieces? I assume you cut it from a single piece and didn't laminate it, right? Is there anything specific vis-a-vis grain direction I need to think about there? Does anyone have any thoughts on the design of the ottoman? Will it be stable enough without a bottom rail? Thanks so much for all your input guys! So far I've got the legs glued up, dimensioned and the mortises cut.
  4. Hey Hunter, I'm Will. I'm American too. I live up near Hannover. I thought I was the only one! I haven't found any schools teaching in English over here.
  5. So, I've been woodworking for just about 2 years now. I built myself a shop in my basement that I've managed to outfit pretty well. I'm American, but I live in Germany, so I don't have access to many of the accoutrements of the US-woodworking lifestyle (read: no dado blades, etc.). So far, I've built a snazzy desk based on a video by Canadian Woodworks that turned out great. I built myself a Roubo-Bench based on Marc's awesome course. I decided to put endcaps on both ends with dovetails. I was even lucky enough to go to LA for a week with my father and do a class with William Ng. I'm really enjoying this woodworking stuff! I especially enjoy can be. Anyway, my next big project is the Morris Chair. I picked up Marc's course and watched it 4 times. I like the design, but wanted to make it just a little different, so I went searching online for some ideas. I found some old Stickley Catalogs online and saw a picture of this great Recliner, I think it was called the Tsuba. I decided to try my luck. It's significantly different from the course though. I was originally going to wing it, just trying to slightly modify what I saw in the course. That lasted about an hour. Then I decided I had to model it up. So, I fired up fusion 360 and spent a week building it. This is what I came up with. It's got lots of stuff I've never done. Bent lamination, splayed legs. Through tenons coming off of splayed legs. Cloudlifts. More cloudlifts. Tenons coming off of angled side rails. I'm going through the same order of procedures that Marc uses and trying to predict where I'll need to change the procedure. I've already pretty much given up on doing the through tenons. They look great, but I am nearly 100% sure I would screw them up enough to make it look crappy. Beyond that, I guess I'll post pictures as I go along, in case anyone is interested. I'd be really happy if anyone has some advice for me. Particularly with regards to pitfalls to avoid or anything else that comes to mind. Best wishes to everyone and happy new year! Don't lose any fingers! Will