Porch Glider #3: Starting Seat Back

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Blog entry by Jimi_C posted 01-15-2012 05:41 AM 7017 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Started work on the seat back today. I had the wood milled up to thickness, but it was all still oversized in width (and some pieces still have a live edge on them from the rough lumber) so I ran it through the tablesaw again to get it a close as I like and then broke out the hand planes to finish them off.

Here’s a shot of a pair of the back slats showing the burn and blade marks (I really need a new rip blade…):

And here’s the after:

As you can see, I ganged them up to make the edge planing easier. I started with my #8 on a heavy cut, and then went over each piece again with my #4 to make things glassy smooth. After doing one pair of edges, I used my wheel marking gauge to scribe a parallel line on each piece and then planed down to that line, ensuring a nice square piece. I didn’t get a shot of this part of the process, but here’s a shot of my planes and a closeup of the shavings:

The #8 is a Stanley from 1910-1917, with a Lee Valley blade in it. The #4 is my cheapo Grizzly in which I’ve also put a Lee Valley blade. Overall, I’m happy with the performance of both. You can see the honking huge shaving from the #8, which I had no problem with. What little tear-out did occur from the heaviness of the cut was easily removed with the #4.

Finally, I cut the bevel on the strip of wood (N) that is used for the bottom brace. It is this piece that is is glued/screwed to the seat frame after all the slats are attached to it:

Thankfully I managed to clean up the bevel with my planes, without affecting the angle.

The pieces labeled R, U, and V are the other strips of wood that are used as the back braces. At least one more gets a 15 degree bevel too, but it comes later in the process.

Still have to clean up the faces of the slats to remove the jointer/planer marks, and cutting the curves on all of slat tops. I still need to find a piece to use for the center slat (see my first post in this series for a pic of the completed glider), which I’ve put off because my last oak plank has been buried under pre-milled pieces… The original plans also call for a scroll-sawed apple pattern for this center slat, but I’m thinking of doing something more personalized for my in-laws, since this is a gift for them – possibly their initials or something along those lines.

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