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Heller Fitting Asymmetrical Splat Photo 05Photo 52) This is the key step, and wasn’t obvious to me. Even though the splat is a natural shape, it is necessary to define a center line for the splat, and an axis perpendicular to that center line which is the shoulder of the tenon. Defining the center line sets how the upper portion of the splat will register against the crest rail. I lay the splat down behind or on top of the assembled chair back, and rotated it until the splat was framed nicely by the back, <photo 5>. I transferred the top center and bottom center from the chair parts then connected the lines.

That was my center line. I determined where the tenon shoulder should be to get the upper portion of the splat where I wanted it, then marked the line perpendicular to that center line, <Photo 6>. I duplicated this across the six splats. In retrospect, I should have been more exact about locating the shoulder line vs the flowers. They vary between chairs by over 3 mm, which caused fitting issues.

Heller Fitting Asymmetrical Splat Photo 06Photo 63) Cut the base of the tenon parallel to the shoulder line. My tenons were 15 mm long, 12 mm thick, and 120 mm wide. Cut the shoulder line, front and back. The 3 mm mark on the photo is the portion that will would hidden in the housing.

4) Use the tenon dimensions to mark the dimensions of the mortise on the shoe. I generally make mortises first and cut the tenon to match but in this case the splat is difficult to work with and the chair rail simple, so I made the tenons on the splats first and made the mortises to fit. The front of the tenon is xx mm from the front edge, since I wanted the splat to sit front of center. Using a router with a micro-adjustable fence, the fit of the mortise can be dialed right in. The fit of the tenon isn’t critical – the splat will be held in place in five places besides the shoe, so having the some wiggle in the shoe makes fitting and final assembly much more forgiving.

Upcoming Events

  • Delaware Valley Chapter Meeting July 17, 2021

    The Delaware Valley Chapter is planning their first in-person post-pandemic meeting to be held on July 17, 2021. It will start at approximately at 10 am and finish around 4 pm. Coffee and lunch will be provided and a small...

  • Gateway Chapter Zoom Meeting on June 25th at 7pm CST

    The Gateway Chapter will be having a ZOOM meeting on June 25, 2021, at 7 pm (central). The purpose of the meeting will be to re-introduce each other to one another, talk about what you are working on, what you are planning...

  • Indiana Chapter Spring 2021 Zoom Meeting

    BY SAM RHODES April 26, 2021 Updated June 7, 2021 The Indiana Chapter hosted a Zoom meeting on Saturday 22 May 2021. Our presenter was Cartouche winner Ray Journigan. Ray discussed his current project, a Charleston Rice...

  • Peach State Chapter Spring 2021 Zoom Meeting

    BY ARNIE MOORE May 11, 2021 Updated June 12, 2021 The Peach State Chapter had its Spring meeting on June 5, 2021. The meeting was held simultaniously in-person and live on Zoom.  Steve Quehl discussed the design and...

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New Articles

  • Fitting an Asymmetrical Splat Into an Oval Chair Back

    BY DAVE HELLER April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021 This article discusses a specific aspect of making a set of not-yet-completed Bing-style Art Nouveau dining room chairs of my own design. I will write an article for SAPFM on...

  • A Standup Davenport Computer Desk

     BY JOE PARKER April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021 The name "Davenport" comes from a reference in the records of an 18th-19th century English furniture maker Gillows. The reference, in about 1795, gives the original design and...

  • Remembering Phil Lowe: Craftsman, Mentor, Friend

    BY MICKEY CALLAHAN April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 It’s with a heavy heart that I write of the passing of one of America’s master period furniture makers, Phil Lowe. I’ve known Phil for over 30 years and was privileged to have...

  • Luthier's Friend To Thickness Small Part

    BY JEFF THOMPSON April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 There are number of ways one can thickness stringing and bindings. I’ve used a couple methods myself like on a drum sander, but mine is in a shed out back behind my shop...

  • Mirka Hand Sanding System

    BY BOB LANG April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 I can develop a pretty smooth surface with a hand plane and/or a scraper, but before finishing I sand to ensure that all the surfaces of a project are consistent. Each hand...

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