Thaks for the comments everyone!Seat backs
Q: What goes slower than my progress on these stools?
A: My blog on these stools!
I have been making progress. Other projects and Christmas gifts provided distractions. And woodworking is still a hobby and has to wait for when there is time after everything else. I find that I am quite able to let a bigger project like this sit to one side for a few weeks and come back to it when I can.
Next up are the seat backs. The last entry covered fitting the top and bottom rail of the seat back. Now I need to cut the slats to length. I used an insert from my glue up form to align each slat.
Each piece has been numbered for color and grain direction. As I cut them to length I need to transfer the numbers.
To put the mortises in the upper and lower rails, I used the glue up form and fixtured it in the mortiser. The rail is positioned in the form to locate the mortise. The form can slide between two stops to give me the correct width.
Now I need to form tenons on each end of the slats. Again, I use the insert from the glue up form - this time in the tenon jig.
Now I can put the back together for a test fit. Looks good!
BUT - the tenons were a little tight. I did not think much of it until I tried to pull it apart. Not happening. I knew the "use a hammer until it gives up" option was not a good one. It took a while (like a couple days) to figure out out to pull it apart, but I came up with a solution.
After adjusting the tenons for a better fit. I now have seat backs!
There are a lot of angles in this project, but I think the most interesting part is the back. Every part is curved and makes for a very inviting appearance.
Current time log:
Cutting rough stock: 2 hr
> Cutting to width and thickness: 4 hr 20 min
> Cut to final length: 3 hr 30 min
> Shaping: 5 hr 50 min
> Mortises: 10 hr 35 min
Seat Back and Back Rest
> Cutting thin stock for laminations: 3 hr 35 min
> Prepping laminations: 8 hr 40 min
> Glue up Laminations: 3 hr 50 min
> Trim Laminated Parts: 2 hr 25 min
> Tenon: 5 hr 10 min
> Mortises: 5 hr 5 min
> Cutting thin stock for laminations: 1 hr 55 min
> Prepping laminations: 3 hr
> Glue up Laminations: 6 hr 5 min
> Trim Laminated Parts: 30 min
> Tenon: 2 hr 50 min
Lower rail parts
> Cut to width and thickness: 10 hr
> Cut to length: 1 hr 30 min
> Mortise: 3 hr 50 min
> Tenon: 23 hr 30 min
Total so far: 108 hr 10 min (18+ hrs per stool)
Paul - Likewise, I have learned a lot from what you have shared. I just went bkc and checked - My first post on this blog will be a year old in a few days!
Rand - Stay tuned, I am still behind on the blog and will try to get another entry out soon.
Steve - Thanks - Problem solving is definitely a fun part of woodworking.I had thought about the pipe clamp solution, but all I have is bar clamps that don't come apart.
Lew - This is the second time I have kept track of hours. The first time I put in about twice as many hours as I had guessed. It is interesting - 108 hours seems like a lokng time, but 18 hours per stool feels pretty good!
Larry - I had tried a chair when I was young - it was pretty wobbly and not much to look at. Gave me a lot of respect for those who make them. I spent a lot of time working this over in my mind. So many ways to screw this up!
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