Sgabello di Fossacesia #7: Shaping and Final Assembly - Almost Done.

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Blog entry by Woodbridge posted 09-11-2014 02:38 AM 2280 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Marquetry Panel - Take Two Part 7 of Sgabello di Fossacesia series Part 8: Here is the finished chair »

I have been making good progress the last day or so finishing up the chair. Once I got past redoing the marquetry panel the momentum picked up.

This will be the last update on the Sgabello di Fossacesia prior to posting the final project (hopefully early next week).

The budget light boxes ordered from Amazon arrived yesterday and I’m looking forward to using them when I photograph the finished chair. We’ll see if it makes a difference compared to the halogen work lights that I have used up until now.

To finish up the chair I needed to shape the back leg joint. I did most of this by hand with rasps although I did use a power carver for the tight curves near the seat. Here are before and after shots.

I shaped the tenons on the front legs using Lee Valley’s 5/8” tenon cutter. It is like a big pencil sharpener. I used a corresponding reamer to ream out the tapered holes in the seat. I didn’t quite get the angles to match up exactly on both sides. They are close but not perfect. When I do this again I will chuck the reamer into a brace and do it by hand rather than with a power drill.

I cut slots into the top of the leg tenons, glued and wedged the legs into the seat.

With a chisel and block plane I cut away some of the chair back to match the thickness of the marquetry panel. That way when installed the panel will be flush with the surface of the back. Finally I attached the marquetry panel to the seat back with white glue and lots of clamps. The purist in me thinks that I should be doing this with hide glue. Maybe next time.

And finally I’ve glued up, screwed and clamped the leg seat joint.

Tomorrow I’ll do some final scraping and sanding and decide what kind of finish to put on the chair.

Thanks for coming along with me on this project and visiting this little town on the Adriatic coast of Italy .

Your comments and encouragement along the way was very much appreciated.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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3436 posts in 4256 days

#1 posted 09-11-2014 04:44 AM


It’s been interesting following your progress. You’ve turned that oar into a family heirloom.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 09-11-2014 08:13 AM

Amazing project Peter with so many interesting elements. I can’t wait to see the finished project. Based on what we’ve seen so far I know it will be beautiful and unique.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 09:31 AM

The seat joinery is impressive as is the grain on the seat itself! Really looking forward to the reveal. Thank you, Pete, for inviting us to watch it be built!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 01:58 PM

im very excited as i look at the wood used, seeing the seat and the joinery makes me drool, i know you will pick the right finish for this, i was thinking that 3 heavy coats of polyurethane would be perfect LOL..just kidding…...i know it will look gorgeous, cant wait to see it.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 02:48 PM

This is going to be a very special project. You are doing a great job.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 09-11-2014 03:11 PM

Just perfect.
I await the unveiling…..... Meraviglioso!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 09-12-2014 03:06 AM

Amazing journey !!! Definitely worth the wait.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#8 posted 09-12-2014 04:48 PM


I’m late for the party. Been trying to take advantage of weather to finish outside second story off the ladder projects.

Looks like you are having fun! The chair will have your touch of human imperfection. No machine can do that. LOL!

I’m looking forward to another of your master works. I’d like to see the final blog chapter when you post your chair. (When the story comes to and end and a new one begins.)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 09-15-2014 05:58 PM

Looking more and more like a finished project and I love the seat shape and grain.
Now I am waiting for the home run .
The scenery pictures also are a treat .


-- Kiefer

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