Reality can be an annoying thing.
Shaping the legs isn't complicated, but care must be taken to get them to look the way you want. I think Jonas and I both underestimated how long it would take, even with every Danish cowboy trick we could think of.
|Executing the final cuts on my seat blank.|
|I chose to use as much of the blank as there was there for this chair, resulting in a little bit of live edge remaining.|
|This Lee Valley spokeshave really worked well cleaning up the endgrain on this elm. Alcohol really helped too - I mean rubbing alcohol on the endgrain, what did you think I meant?|
|Entertaining ourselves in the shop. A little immaturity helps you stay young.|
|The Viking Hoarde.|
|Jonas and his parents.|
|Yes, alcohol really does help with the endgrain.|
|Jonas showed me how to make tapers on the jointer using Glen Huey's technique. Trust me, I was very mindful of where my body parts were while using this beautiful but scary old machine.|
|Olav seems to be able to do twice as much work in half the time as me.|
|Jonas chose to turn his legs round on his lathe. I think they turned out nice!|
|I used my Moxon vice to hold my legs for octagonalizing.|
|There is more than one way to taper a cat.|
|After shaping the legs, I roughed out the tapered tenon on Jonas' lathe. He has a gizmo on his that will copy any shape, including the six degree taper we are using for the tenon.|
|The bottom two are started with the template cutting thingie. After that, I flipped them around in the lathe so I could get closer to a finished shape. The top one was finished up with a six degree rounder.|
|Once you commit to boring the holes, you should follow through with confidence! Notice I have John Brown's book and Drew Langsner's full size drawing close at hand. I did not stage those in the photo on purpose, I was constantly referring to both.|
|After boring a hole, I use a reamer to make the tapered mortice. The lines and layout gauges in this photo helped me to dial in to the exact perfect angles for the legs.|
|Driving the legs home.|
|It's starting to look like something to sit on.|
|Jonas and I both are making some progress.|
It was interesting keeping my eye on what Jonas was doing today. We both chose very different ways to do our legs. One could learn a lot from him.
Even though we didn't get done with as much as we thought we would, we actually got a lot done. I would rather take my time to do the job right than rush through the project not achieving the level of quality that I expect.