Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair #22: It's Back

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 09-22-2020 02:12 AM 355 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 21: Weaving the seat Part 22 of Wegner-Inspired Deck Chair series Part 23: Finished »

After 3 months waiting for back-ordered paracord, the chair project is back on-line. Time to start weaving the back.

Caleb James’ instructions shows using some electrician’s staples in the corners to either anchor the cord ends and to change directions. With the soft SPF, I didn’t want to rely on staples that might come loose, so in a couple corners I made a couple wood fittings. This one will pinch the start of the rail wrapping and the final end of the weaving.

I melted a blob at the start as kind of a stopper knot.

And I’m on my way. As I half expected, the color of the second spool was not an exact match to the first. I’m glad I didn’t start on the back with the partial first spool, but bummed that the seat and back won’t match. In the right light, if you squint, there’s not too much difference.

The bottom rail is wrapped left to right (from the back), then up to the top rail to wrap right to left, filling-in the warp strands between rails as you go. The magic of the slots on the top and bottom rail allow the weaving pattern to be different between the front and rear of the back. The rear side will get a 8-strand warp band there that allows you to hide knots behind when you need to add more cord.

Once the top rail wrapping completes on the top-left corner (viewed from the rear), the cord wraps around a screw head (not shown) and returns back to the right side, underneath the top rail. In the top right corner, I made another fitting to allow the cord to pivot to start the weaving (photo taken from the front side). The fitting snugs the returning cord and the end of the cord, so the weaving can be done with a doubled-cord.

Start of the weaving – the fun part. The weaving is continuous from front to back, spiraling down towards the bottom of the seat.

With the 8-strand band at the back being the only prescribed place to hide knots, and only when the weaving is going behind the band, there is a potential for a lot of waste if the doubled cord doesn’t end in the right spot. At the end of my first segment, I was going to have to waste quite a bit, so I decided to hide the melted end joins behind one of the doubled warp strands. This worked out well.

Here you can really see the color difference. I just need to convince myself that I planned it that way.

Another few more stolen hours and the back will be finished.

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#1 posted 09-22-2020 02:46 PM

Nice work on the weaving! Sun exposure should even out the color difference between the spools? I hope?

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