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The Front Legs

We select front legs from the stock so that the grain is straight and parallel to the length.  Front legs begin as 2" x 2" squares — they are usually cut and always marked as pairs.

In this photo, you can see the jig that guides the router to cut the notches where the leg interlocks with the seat.

in this photo, you can see the jig that guides the router to cut the notches where the leg interlocks with the seat

Notching.

notching front leg
notching jig

We stroke sand the seat to fit the notch.  (We built this sander.)

we stroke sand the seat to fit the notch
fitting the front leg to the seat
turning a front leg on the lathe  

Everyone likes to see the square become round on the lathe, a lot happens fast.  It can be fun, but not casual.  We do not use guides or duplicators.  The top and bottom ends are turned to round tenons.  The top tenon will pass through the arm and the bottom tenon will pass through the rocker.  Although we drive a wedge into a kerf in these through tenons to spread and mechanically fasten them, the tenons must fit.

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