An Annotated Portfolio & Project Documentaries

Thirty-five. “Ox-bow” stretcher on back legs

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In preparing to place the ox-bow stretcher, and locate the mortise holes at each end, it was important to measure the difference between its two ends on a single line, by clamping an 8 foot straight edge on what will be the lower end. The goal was to place the holes at levels that would place the entire ox-bow in a horizontal position when installed.

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This view, from the other end, shows the offset and the required difference in the round mortises.

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The position of the lower mortise is marked for drilling a 2 9/16″ hole. The straight line on the leg is a guideline for the drilling angle, because the tenon will enter at angle lower than level. I’ve used two boards under the stretcher to support it at a height the keeps the entire stretcher in the desired position.

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The opposite end of the stretcher required a saddle notch, because of the difference in the heights of the two ends. The end of the stretcher was left in its full diameter.

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The 2 9/16 inch hole is located in a solid part of the leg. The appearance of the location was also a design consideration.

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This end has a solid saddle notch fit, that I’ll secure with two countersunk 3/8″ lag screws.

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This is the overall look of the rear ox-bow stretcher.

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