|The finished chair.|
I've had in mind a lathe-less Roorkee for some time. There probably are several ways to do it, so here is my way.
The first thing I did was to rip out the stock for the legs.
This is a good workout. I must say that this is one part of the build I will probably always do this way, as it is a snap to orient the grain any way you want. In this case, I wanted the grain to run as straight as possible. Also, I wanted the grain at a 45 degree angle to the faces so all four faces of each leg have the same grain pattern.
Incidentally, I chose to use European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) for this chair. This particular board was nice and straight, with very little runout.
When squaring up stock for this project, I start by making a flat face and a flat edge, perfectly square to the face. With a Roorkee, there is some cheating you can do here. These ones wound up at 1 13/16" square. I have made them as thin as 1 5/8" square with no troubles. As long as all are the same, you are good. Also, squareness to the 'n'th degree isn't really necessary. Get them as square as you can without spending too much time. A little imprecision here probably does not make a whole lot of difference in the finished piece. Please note that this does not give you my permission to get sloppy!
|Ripping legs. I laid out my lines straight with the grain.|
|Fairly straight grain.|
|Faces and edges squared up.|
After that's done, I realized I don't have a whole lot left for stretchers.
With some careful layout, I was able to get everything I needed. I want to make octagonal shaped stretchers, and because I'm using hand tools, why not make them cigar shaped, to boot?
|This is all the wood I had left to make stretchers and back pieces.|
The widest part of these are 1 1/4 inches square, so some re-sawing is in order. I don't have a kerfing plane, so I used my 1/8" blade in my plow plane to do the same thing.
|Using my plow plane as a kerfing plane to prepare for re-sawing.|