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#1 posted 08-08-2016 03:29 PM

The wood is oak, and yes to the differential shrinkage its obvious if you could see it in person (those guys were geniuses). This is my idea, the bottom will be cane of course, cane was also used sometimes on the joints (rung meets post) it was decorative as well as adding strength. You don’t see it much on this style but I have seen it before on one and it looked very nice and is super strong. That way I can stay with a technique and material that would fit the time frame. But the way there designed, once the seat is woven on it cant come apart, even if the joints are lose. The front and back legs are fitted with rungs first, then the holes for the side rungs are drilled out and it over laps the front and back rungs creating a small saddle joint were the dowels meet in the post. So when all four sides are together you can not pull the front or back legs apart their locked in. the bottom rung on the back along with the cane on the seatwill not allow the top of the back legs to open far enough for the top slat to come out. That is usualy were I find two small nails the only nails in the chair, this guy used a small dowel. No glue no nails just dry and green lumber fitted and held together by thin strips of sap wood striped off a hardwood in 20 foot lengths. Genius I tell you.

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