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Chairmaking at the Appalachian Center for Craft: Day 5

July 15, 2010


The first order of business for today was cutting and fitting the back rail. After getting the other three sides clamped together in a reasonably sturdy assembly, I took a rough measurement and cut the piece long and began sneaking up on the fit until I thought it was reasonably close then I cut the mortises in the ends with the Domino.

Then came the always stressful glue up. Everything went together pretty well and I was reasonably pleased with all the joints.

Next I unclamped my bent lamination back rest and began to fit it. I the arc of the lamination did not meet the legs perfectly so I had to use my block plane and bevel the outer edges of the top of the legs.

After getting things fitting pretty good I marked, drilled and counter sunk holes for the T-nuts and screws that will hold the back rest on. I had to trim the the bolts so they didn’t protrude from the back rest and poke through my outer veneer layer during final assembly.

Once this was complete I went back to the lamination jig to glue on the final layer that will cover the T-nuts.

Tomorrow is the last day of class. I’m going to get my back rest cut to shape and sanded. Probably won’t get to a seat this week, but the instructor had one he made so I borrowed it to see how it looked.


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  1. July 16, 2010

    This design is really nice. A perfect marriage between simplicity and style. I think cherry is a nice choice as well. Can’t wait to see it with some finish! It would be cool to have a 6 chair set, three in cherry and three in walnut with contrasting details like plugs to tie them all together.

  2. September 7, 2010

    Ahh…woodworking does run in the family. Great skills! What’s next? You can always put a teardrop on your list. No chairs but you do get to build a bed and cabinets. 😉
    Love, AC.

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