I am collecting materials and prepping wood in order to hopefully get these chairs done by the last day of June. Last year June lasted until the middle of August for me.
The board is 12 inches wide, and I would rather the chair blanks be around 18 inches or more. That means in order to use this board, I will have to glue two pieces or more together.
My first step was to cut the seven foot board down and see if I could get three nice lengths, again around 18 inches long or so.
|My three boards.|
|Two big cracks in this end board.|
|If this doesn't work, my chair will be a bit narrower than planned.|
|Less work for me later!|
|This crack is a bit more serious.|
Moving on to the "how-to" part. The first step in gluing a lamination is to plane the mating surfaces as surgically perfect as possible. I then dry-fit the joint and test for any wobble, gaps, or other signs of a less-than-surgically perfect joint. Also, I hold a straight edge up to one face to make sure we are mostly straight. If not, adjust the angle on one of the joints to match. Straightening here is much easier than flattening a warped glue up later.
Enjoy this photo-essay of my process:
|Squirt some glue on one or both of the surfaces.|
|Spread the glue over the whole surface with a piece of scrap.|
|Wiggle the top board on the bottom until it sticks. This is a "rub joint."|
|Now you can breath. Us a wet cloth to clean up the squeeze out.|
|For extra strength I will clamp the joint tight.|
|Two clamps is plenty for this size of panel.|
I think these panels turned out very nice, and the glue line isn't obvious. We'll see if it stays that way after I carve the seat, but I am hopeful. Normally, I wouldn't recommend a panel with an off-set glue line for a chair seat, but in this case it economizes material, and looks good (so far).