3 chairs

3 chairs
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

And More

Another beautiful day in the Hill Country!. That rain yesterday really helped the river, and the bluebonnets are everywhere! If it stays warm they might be blooming soon. I hope they don't because we've seen those late freezes kill the whole crop. There is still winter left!

Started the day by cutting the curves in the head crests on the bandsaw. There is still a lot of smoothing to do after the cut and I took this picture to show you that you don't always need an expensive tool to do something. This is a Stanley sure-foam rasp I got at one of the big box stores for about $15 dollars. It does a great job of removeing a bunch of material in a short period of time, but you still have lots of control. If you enlarge the picture you can see where the tool mark is and just how the rasp is working it's way down. Follow that up with some finer grit rasps and sanding.

I put the head crests in to mark the drill lines for the back slats.

This is just so I can get an idea of what the overall chair will look like.

And speaking of back slats, here's the rest of them. Profiles have been cut and marked up for the face cut. This takes awhile!

After the face has been cut I sand them with the oscillating belt sander and use the 1/4" round over bit on the tops and bottoms.

The backs on the fat part get rounded over with a 1/2" bit. The fronts of the fat part don't get rounded. Why? Just because. After this is a lot of sanding and getting the bottoms to fit the holes in the seat, cutting the length, and fitting the tops in the holes in the head crest. Pictures of that tomorrow.

And in other news, the slab was poured for Peggy's garden shed so I guess I have to start framing it next week. Anybody know where I can get some old corrugated metal or old ship-lap siding?

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