Marc Adams School, Day 2
Today we continued to work on the components for the back leg assembly. After tracing the outline of the components on the sapele using the templates, I roughed out the parts on the bandsaw. There is a significant amount of bandsaw work just in the parts for the back assembly alone.
The crest rail is the most time consuming part to make. The mortises for the floating tenons were made first using the multi-router, while the part was still square. Next, I affixed the template to the blank with double sided tape. Using a Forstner bit, I bored holes where there was an inside radius. After the holes were bored through, I cut the curves for the front and back of the piece on the bandsaw, then taped the offcuts back in place to bandsaw the profile.
The back apron also has a profile which I roughed out on the bandsaw as well. Even in the rough bandsawn state, the parts are starting to take shape nicely.
I began smoothing the parts with a spokeshave and block plane before moving on to final cleanup using my ROS.
Tomorrow we will continue getting the back leg components fabricated and ready for assembly.
Bob Lang gave us a very interesting slide show of various Greene & Greene furniture pieces at lunch today. While complex enough, the chair we are building is actually a simplified version of the original. One of the biggest differences is in the crest rail, which actually curves in a third dimension (towards the back) and tapers in thickness (thicker at the bottom, thinner at the top. Bob thinks the originals were carved from 16/4 material in order to achieve the backwards curve. Amazing craftsmanship came out of the Halls shop. It doesn't hurt that they were working T&M for the richest people in the country either, I suppose.I wonder what Peter and John Hall would think of the way their chairs are fabricated these days?
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