|The Coffee and Cream Roorkee.|
|Here is an old photo of the whole family. I'm the youngest, the boy with his fly open. Janet is the third oldest, the one whose head is hidden behind my brother Chuck.|
|Wenge and hair-on cowhide.|
It was a comedy of errors that prevented this chair from getting done in plenty of time to be mailed by Christmas. It was finished just yesterday. Mental note, start Linda's gift earlier next year.
|The carriage bolt shown was stripped, sanded and blued with gun-blue.|
One other thing that I had to think about when cutting out the leather, was the fact that the direction the hair fell on the hide needed to be in a certain orientation. I wanted it to go front to back on all parts. This I did, but it required wasting a bit more material than when I use plain leather.
|Merry Christmas, Janet! Here's your gift.|
|I attached the red canvas with spray glue - you know, the stuff that is used in the cartoons.|
This worked awesome.
|Canvas spray glued to the cowhide for strength.|
|Copper rivets fix the leather straps with the canvas-backed cowhide.|
|Edge Kote on the laminated arm strap (it is upside down on the floor in this photo).|
|The new and the old: My first chair from pear.|
|A chair I built with my dad: diamond willow.|
All three chairs I built had a different style of dowel: The first one I cut the wood along the grain and turned the dowels to a cigar shape as laid out in Chritopher Schwarz's book, Campaign Furniture.
The second, diamond willow chair I used store bought oak dowels, but picked out ones that had as straight of grain that was possible.
This chair I sawed out the stretcher blanks along the grain as best I could, and made them octagonal with a chamfer bit on a router table. The octagonal shape left a little more meat on the one inch dowel blanks, and was a bit simpler for me as a novice turner.
All three methods I can recommend.
Also, do not be afraid to drill the holes for the stretchers and ream the tapers by hand. Using a bit and brace is not much slower than a drill press, once setting up the machine is added to the time. Just use a square to check your work once the taper gets close. You can 'steer' the brace one way or the other a bit until it is dialled in just perfect.
Most of all, I think that one should not be afraid to go outside of the box when making a Roorkee chair. Unless you are trying to make a faithful reproduction, why not put your own stamp on it? This chair has a lot of room for being flexible with the design.