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By Waka
#923542
Now we have done a lot of work on the seat it's time to fit the legs. The legs have be in the make shift drying box for a few days, so they should be nice and dry.

Using the big pencil sharpener we need to shape the top of the leg to fit the reemed hole in the seat.

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Now attach them to the seat and line um the grain for drilling so we can attach the stretchers.

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Once we're happy with the fit of the legs we take them to the bandsaw and cut down the end to make way for the wedge.

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Not sure if you notice, but we've put tape around the legs where we're going to drill, this is to try and prevent tear out when drilling. Also you might see some blue cord that has been placed under the tape, this cord makes it easier to get the tape off when you've finished, works a treat.

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With the drilling completed its time to fit the stretchers. It's at this point that we worry about splitting the legs while knocking in the stretchers, but we needn't have worried because all went well.

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All that needs to be done is insert the wedges and trim them off.

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It's at this point that you realise that you have a very posh stool which I am very proud of.

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The concluding part to the chair making is tomorrow, and dare I say it the most worrying bit of the week.

Hope you all enjoy.
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By Waka
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paulm wrote:Looks great Tony, lovely job.

Cheers, Paul


Thanks Paul, next instalment gets a bit hairy, it's make or break.
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By Sheffield Tony
#923547
Questions, questions.

The legs and spindles seem to have just arrived from nowhere, unless I missed a step. I think I have just answered my question looking at them in the picture; I see the telltale mark of a power lathe's driven centre in there.

I assume from the shape of the "pencil sharpener" that the holes in the seat are tapered with the reamer ? What about the holes for the spindles in the legs - how do you drill those, and get the correct alignment ? I assume they are glued joints ? Does it get assembled (seat / legs / stretchers) all in one manoeuvre ?

Looking forward to seeing how you fit all those back spindles.
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By Waka
#923548
Sheffield Tony wrote:Questions, questions.

The legs and spindles seem to have just arrived from nowhere, unless I missed a step. I think I have just answered my question looking at them in the picture; I see the telltale mark of a power lathe's driven centre in there.

I assume from the shape of the "pencil sharpener" that the holes in the seat are tapered with the reamer ? What about the holes for the spindles in the legs - how do you drill those, and get the correct alignment ? I assume they are glued joints ? Does it get assembled (seat / legs / stretchers) all in one manoeuvre ?

Looking forward to seeing how you fit all those back spindles.



Did I not mention that James had turned all the legs, otherwise we would not have completed the chair in the allocated time. All we had to do was clean them up and make them fit.

Yes, the seat holes were reamed, thought I mentioned that.

The drilling of the holes in the legs and stretchers are done on the drill press. All the joints are glued and the assembly method is stretchers to legs, legs to seat, wedge to legs takes about 5 minutes.
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By Sheffield Tony
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Ah yes, you did say that. I think I missed a bit reading on my phone :oops:
I did wonder how all that would be possible in a week if some had to master turning too !
Good stuff. Did you enjoy the travisher ? It seems to be a very addictive tool among our greenwood group - easy to get carried away with !
By RobinBHM
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Many thanks for the post, It reminds of my first assignment of my furniture production degree course, which was about specialisation of trades in the furniture industry. Windsor chairmaking was centred in the Chilterns around High Wycombe, the chairbodger turned in the woods and sent the parts to the town for assembly.

There is a chairmaking museum in High Wycombe and the town was once a centre for furniture production with G-plan, Ercol, Parker Knoll, Glenisters all in the town. I was lucky enough to visit the Ercol factory and get shown around the steam bending department. It really is amazing to see how floppy wood can become when steamed!
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By Waka
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Now its time to start putting the final parts of the chair together. First job is to get the arm rest to fit, this is again done with the pencil sharpener.
The get the required height we used some high tech equipment here, it was a thin stick 8 ½ inches long, with these in place we are now able to fit the continuous arm.

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Now comes the bit I wasn't looking forward to, drilling the continuous arm for the spindles, I didn't take any photo's of the actual drilling, I think everyone was too tense, get this bit wrong and the arm is ruined and guess what there were no spares made.

Let me try and explain, on the seat of the chair we had marked out where we were going to drill the seat, where the X marks the spot we punched a slight indentation. We now lined up the indentation with the top and the back of the drill over the spot and drilled. I know I didn't understand it either.
It must have worked because we all came out with hole roughly in the right place.

Drilling the holes in the seat was a lot easier, we looked through the hole in the arm and lined up the frill through the holes and drilled.

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Now having the holes in all fine and dandy, but will it all go together with the spindles and arm, good question.

Now its time to place the spindles in the seat.

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As I put these in I was getting a bit worried, I was expecting them to be in a nice row that would match up nicely with the arm. It looked to me a little like Stonehenge, definitely not uniform.
Oh well onwards and upwards, not much we can do now, perhaps I didn't get the holes as lined up as I thought.

With all the spindles in place, it's time to see if the arm fits.

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Panic over, the arm has pulled everything into line, I really a happy bunny at this point.
Got to remove the arm once more and put some glue in the holes.

This done all that remains is to insert the wedges into the splines on the arm and trim everything off.

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Now at the beginning of the thread I posted a picture of a continuous arm chair that James had made, now I've taken a photo of mine next to James's. Mines the one that doesn't have any finished on it.

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What I haven't mention is the lunches that are supplied with the course, hard to explain so here's a photo.

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Trust me there was more than enough to fill up six hungry chair makers.

I guess the question is, did I get out of the course what I was expecting. Well, everything exceeded my expectations and I came away with something that I thought was beyond my skill level. This was all down to James's excellent form of teaching.
Was it worth the money, yes without a doubt, and I think I speak for everyone who attended.
Would I go again, yes most certainly, but I've got to save up first.

I hope you've all enjoyed my week in the Windsor Workshop.
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By Waka
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paulm wrote:Thanks for taking the time to write it all up Tony, a great read and very satisfying I expect :)

Cheers, Paul


Paul

It was very satisfying, the chair now sits in pride of place in the living room.
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By Waka
#923793
paulm wrote:Did you give it an oil and wax finish, or something else ?

Cheers, Paul


Paul

I've still to put a finish on it, James recommends a couple of coats of Osmo oil. I don't have any as yet but when it arrives I will put some on.
It should really bring out the grain.

I'll post a pic when I've done it.