Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rock'er On

These rocking chair parts have been sitting patiently in the shop since June last year, staring at me. I couldn't bear the guilt anymore, so I'm going to devote some more time to this ultra marathon event. I had to catch up with the headrest; cross cutting and starting the shaping on the bandsaw. I made a plywood template first, then made the angled cross cuts on hefty 10/4 stock. Then a big freehand curved re-saw cut on the bandsaw before the top & bottom curved cuts. I'm still blown away with how much wood goes into these rockers. Then onto fitting the spindles to the seat mortises, with a helping hand from a tenon cutter used like a pencil sharpener.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Long & Winding Home Stretch

A little back slat action. The new router table is thrown into production with the modest task of rounding over the back slats, nice to have a starter pin to ease the work into the bit. Lots of final fitting of all joints before parts are pre-finished with oil and glue ups start. And this is how they stand after glue-ups and the final coat of oil before the upholstery of the seats. Yes, of course the seats are gonna need a couple speedstripes...red speedstripes...