Fixing a Nakashima Inspired Chair

Sometimes things break. This is one of those cases. There was probably a defect in the wood that was undetectable when I built the chair and when the wrong set of forces were applied to the chair, one of the feet broke after the joint.IMG_4005

To fix the chair, I built a sled that would ride on the table saw and support the chair standing up and would allow me to use a spacer block, after the first cut to create a new mortise for the bridal joint.

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Here is the chair in the sled. Notice the two star knob locations and the slot. This allows me to angle the fixture to match the angle of the seat.

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Getting ready for the first cut.

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After the second cut using a spacer milled up to match the tenon size on the new foot for the bridal joint.

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The width of the new mortise.

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The new foot of the leg fitted to match the size of the mortise for the Bridal joint.

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Let me know what you think? Would you have gone about this differently?