methods of work #40: More Chinese chair mockups

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Blog entry by Loren posted 07-08-2014 01:35 AM 2221 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 39: Chinese influenced chair mockup Part 40 of methods of work series Part 41: Mockup of continuous arm chair »

The end grain of the crest rail had to be carefully marked
and carved/planed to fit the squared boards the arm
pieces are cut from. This is one of those things that
makes chairs kind of funny where there are curved
parts intersecting. All it takes is patience and sharp
tools. I used a low angle jack plane some, sliding
the plane sideways as I pushed to sheer off end
grain shavings, not something I had done before.
before that I got close using chisels and rasps to get
it close.

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#1 posted 07-08-2014 01:46 AM

Very interesting.

-- I never finish anyth

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#2 posted 07-08-2014 02:37 AM

Looks like you have the wood bending down to a science ;-) nice design.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 07-08-2014 03:40 AM

any other pictures of build in process

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#4 posted 07-08-2014 04:06 AM

Check previous entries in this blog series. This is really
just a 4” wide piece of oak steam-bent into a 22”
wide horse-shoe and shaped with hand tools.
There is a very slight steam-bent curve on the
back-splat just to tilt the horse-shoe, but this angle
could be achieved in other ways and in fact I
enhanced it by putting a slight angle in the rabbet
that intersects the back rail of the seat frame.

The rest is a square table frame and now I’m just
fooling around with arm juncture ideas since the
mockup made it clear that cantilevering the crest
rail off the back splat with no other support was
not going to be sturdy.

It’s all put together with screws and no glue.

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