Finished!

New-Windsor-webAfter several weeks of work, I completed a set of four chairs. The seat planks and chair base spindles are English Oak , the laminated backs and arms, and the back spindles are ash.

Assembly!



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Here are the first two chairs finally assembled. Next week, I’ll complete the finishing for all four chairs.

New Chair Update





After several days fabricating enough parts to make a set of four chairs in the new design,
I am finally ready to start assembling

DSCN1062The first step is to put together the seat and leg parts. Each leg and stretcher is slotted so that a wedge can be driven into the assembled joint to keep the joint tight.DSCN1064
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Then I can finally test assemble the back slats and arm rest and see the actual chair for the first time.

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Next week I’ll put them all together and start the finishing!!















Welcome to my new website


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Welcome to my new website. The site is essentially a portfolio of the furniture I have made, but here in my blog I want to focus on the process, not the finished products. So it is appropriate that I have been working on a design for a chair--nothing very avant guarde, just my version of a continuous arm windsor chair. But there are some tricky parts. How do I get the right bends into the continuous back and arm rail? How do I figure the right angles for the eighteen different parts that make up the chair. And once I figure all that out, will the chair be pleasing to look at and comfortable to sit in? This first photo is of the chair mockup--not an actual chair, but parts shaped individually to figure out how the whole will go together.

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The second photo shows how the individual laminations that make up the back and arm rail get glued together. Now that I have the general shape of the chair and the dimensions of the individual parts form the mockup, I can start to make parts.