Not quite finished chair.

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Project by JimKing201 posted 08-19-2008 10:40 PM 1605 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am at a stand still on how to glue and bend the veneer for the seat. I will be using 3 plys, with the center being .200 thick – grain horizontal. Front and back of chair seat will be vertical grain white oak, .045 thick.

The seat will be about 20 inches wide by 42 inches long. The top of ply will be straight down then about a 6 inch radius bend, a relatively flat seat, then bend about 4 inch radius curved downward which will be the ‘front’ of the seat.

The problem is because of the size, and my concern that the form that I make will not have pressure through-out the entire surface of the ply, is whats keeping me from finishing this project.

Any ideas, comments, questions, pictures, advice, experience, etc., will help in getting this monkey off my back and get me going on this again.

This project was inspired by an old Wisconsin Chair Company piece. Its all quarter sawn white oak, with only the rockers being white ash. The backs were made from a 2×4 being resawed, planed and glue back together in a form. I am not set up for steam bending yet. I made several trial and errors steam bending and ended up with a bunch of kindling wood.

Thanks for looking, Jim.

-- Got Wood?

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#1 posted 08-19-2008 11:24 PM

post it as a forum topic and or a blog you are likely to get a wider response. Great looking chair.

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#2 posted 08-20-2008 12:08 AM

Great looking chair!


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#3 posted 08-20-2008 01:16 AM

Jim, no help here but that chair looks great so far. Good luck with the seat.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 08-20-2008 02:10 AM

I think the only way to really do it right is with a vacuum bag setup.

I suggest you look up Lee Jesberger’s profile and send him a message. He is a real master at veneering, and a very helpful guy as well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-20-2008 02:28 AM

Just beautiful –

Not sure if this will help, however, bagging is probably the best way to go. There was a hand pump unit that was featured on the New Yankee workshop. It was designed by a skateboard builder. If memory serves, it is available at Rockler (don’t quote me on that though).

Good luck – look forward to the completion.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 08-20-2008 12:52 PM

A very unique looking chair, good luck with the bending process.

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#7 posted 08-20-2008 08:36 PM

I have no experience with making a binding form. However, I have a lot of experience with vacuum bonding. I believe that all the vacuum bonding systems on the market today for woodworkers are way over priced. Let’s face it a vacuum bonding system is nothing more than a vacuum pump, a plastic bag, a hose and a gauge.
You can buy a vacuum pump like the one at this link for around $100 ( this one is 220v but there are others out there) A vacuum bag can be made out of one of those bags you see on TV that are used to seal your laundry in. Harbor Freight sells them for a few bucks. You can also make a bag out of plastic film, tape and some putty to seal around the hose with.
You can be in the vacuum bonding business for around $120 or so.
Anyway good luck

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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