Jensen-style Z-Chair #23: Seat frame - maker's mark

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 06-29-2019 09:05 PM 194 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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During the entire project to date, I didn’t really have a firm idea on what to do for a maker’s mark. I deferred until yesterday when I just couldn’t put it off any longer. Here’s what I came up with.

I wanted to pay homage to the Selig badge and the chair’s Danish heritage.

I started with a scrap of dyed-red maple burl, about 1.25” square and about 0.25” thick and glued it to a sacrificial substrate that would securely mounted to the CNC bed. I started with a V-carve of my initials.

Then filled them in with some flat black paint.

After the paint dried, I covered the initials with some tape to keep them from filling with sawdust and CA glue of later steps. (I really should have saved the V-carve for last, but it worked out fine.) Then I milled the vertical part of the cross and inlaid some holly.

I applied some low-viscosity CA glue to glue the holly in place, then cut the horizontal part of the cross.

Inlaid the horizontal piece of holly, glued it in place, then cut out the circular badge.

Then removed it from the CNC machine, and it through the drum sander to level everything, and then hand-sanded it smooth.

Sliced-off the badge on the band saw.

I decided against mounting it on the seat frame in the same location as the original (which would have been on the front end of the side piece). I didn’t want to weaken that area that already had a mortise directly under where the badge would go. I opted for the front part of the frame where there was solid wood.

Getting it lined-up. Once it’s pressed-in the pocket with CA glue at the bottom, there’s no getting it back out.


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#1 posted 06-29-2019 09:25 PM

Elegant maker mark. Someone will one day find that mark and apreciate that you put your signature ther

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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