Adirondack Chair #9: Progress Photos

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Blog entry by Scott R. Turner posted 01-21-2014 12:46 AM 1830 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Starting To Look Like A Chair Part 9 of Adirondack Chair series Part 10: Bending the Arms »

Making one of the back supports. The back gets deeper as it goes up, and I cut dadoes to capture the back slats and help even up the spacing. After the steam-bending, the slats are not entirely straight side-to-side. The flat side of this support gets shaped to a curve after it is dadoed and the peg holes are drilled.

The back slats attached to their supports. The bottom (far) support is heftier; it attaches to the legs with a single peg on each side so that it can pivot. This layout is a bit of a nightmare because the back slats splay out. Rather than try to get it exactly correct, I attached each slat at the bottom rail with a single dowel so that they could pivot. That let me position them into the upper support and use two pegs there. (To match that design detail in the seat.)

Gluing up the back slats. The bottom support is done first, then the upper support. There’s enough space to slide clamps in between the back supports to glue the upper support. Keeping this square was a challenge.

Hey, I used up a can of linseed oil. That only took about ten years.

Once I got the back glue-up finished, I cut out and shaped the arms. These need to be bent before the compass roses are inlaid.

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#1 posted 01-21-2014 01:49 AM

wow, your chairs are a lot fancier than the ones I build. Good job.

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#2 posted 01-21-2014 06:54 AM

Looking forward to seeing this masterpiece finished.
Wished you had showed the steam bending process.
I favorited that Dremel tool attachment for routing. Looks like it could have many applications…...................

-- mike...............

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Scott R. Turner

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#3 posted 01-21-2014 02:27 PM

I’m going to bend the arms today, so I can take some photos. Though there’s not a terrible lot to see.

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#4 posted 01-21-2014 04:02 PM


That chair is looking marvelous, ...the next 4 or 5 will probably go together much quicker. ;-)

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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