|Jonas, Brian and Alex on the last day.|
|Here I am slathering BLO on my elm chair parts.|
|Alex's chairs approaching completion. One elm, one sycamore.|
I think I could have gotten a bit farthur, but I wound up re-doing a stretcher, as one of them disintegrated in the mortise. I posted this pic before, but just to jar your memory:
This particular stretcher happened to be running fore and aft, and the broken part was in the back again. Funnily enough, the chair still sat even when the part was broken like in the picture. I thought it had a funny lean when I was watching some of the others sit in it.
If you look closely at the above picture, there was enough of the tapered tenon in the hole that the chair still held up. I only noticed this when I disassembled the chair.
The gray colored wood turned out to be rotten. It was about the consistency of a wine cork. There was no strength left in it.
The fix was easy, I just milled another stretcher and was back in business. It did take a while, though, as I didn't have a spare stretcher octagonalized.
Moving on - I tried something else for the elm chair. Up until now we all had used the Veritas tapered reamer (12 degrees taper) and tenon cutter for all of the chairs. Having examined the original Klint chair (I'll have to do a whole additional post on that chair) we borrowed, it looked like those tenons were less of a taper than the 12 degrees we used. Why not try a six degree taper, since I have a six degree tapered reamer here?
|Using my six degree reamer.|
|This is what it looks like when the taper is done being reamed.|
|Stretchers with six degree tapers.|
Using the six degree tool allowed for an insane level of accuracy so each joint was perfect. Plus, I think the six degrees holds a little tighter.
This means that the wooden bits stay together on their own as in this photo:
|My elm chair and the saw benches already in use.|
Alex and I stayed up until after two in the morning working on our chairs that Friday. When I got up Saturday, Alex was already in the shop. "This isn't a chair building vacation," he he explained, "it's an extravaganza!"
|From top to bottom, the original Klint, Jonas' bench from two years ago, his Roubo stool, his Safari chair, and mine in black.|
We stopped in Kiel to visit Pedder and have a cup of coffee. Pedder was kind enough to show us his shop.
|Pedder in his shop.|
|Pedder's saw vice.|
|A perfect idea!|
|Alex and the Schwiegereltern.|
|I figured out a way to pack up the legs to take less room.|
|Here is another shot with the belts undone.|
|You can see the old one was bent.|
|Alex enjoying one of his new chairs.|
I glued the legs up, and since each bench had one elm leg and three ash, I figured I would put an elm wedge in the ash legs, and a sycamore wedge in the elm legs.
|The finest of construction.|
|Ready for finish.|
|I really like them.|
|Finished staked saw benches.|
Once again, a big thanks to Jonas and Mette for being such kind hosts.