Step 13: Attach the Legs

fastening the back legs of a Westport chair with a drill/driver
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Set the front rail into the notches of the front legs, toeing in the legs to make their beveled edges flush with the face of the rail. Drill pilot holes to prevent the screws from splitting the wood, and fasten the rail with 1-inch screws. Working on a level surface, 
clamp and screw the rear legs to the inside of the front legs, as shown.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Sliding compound miter saw to crosscut the boards to length
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps to hold the parts together during assembly
    • circular saw
      Circular saw to cut the parts to width
    • framing square
      Framing square and combination square for marking cutlines
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw to cut notches and curves
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • hand plane
      Hand plane to straighten board edges
    • sandpaper
      120-grit sandpaper
    • sanding block
      Sanding block
    • pencil compass
      Compass
    • torpedo level
      Torpedo level
    • 3-inch wide paint brush
      3-inch paintbrush to apply teak oil

    Shopping List

    ½ x 10 cedar boards.
    Get four 8-foot lengths

    1 -inch stainless-steel trim-head screws

    Teak oil to finish the chair