|White safari chair in elm and white leather.|
|Another glamor shot.|
|Still looks pretty normal.|
|Looks good from here.|
Ultimately, one of the belts on the thigh strap completely failed when I tried to tighten it, so I replaced those rivets with copper ones. The rest seem to be holding for now.
Not being happy with how they turned out, I chose to go with traditional copper rivets on the show part of the back, but found you can also get brass rivets.
|I think brass rivets look good with this white leather.|
To give my neighbors a bit of a break on Saturday evening, I only set the brass washers, I still have to clip the rivet post and set them with an awful lot more banging. I suppose I'll try to do that when most of the building is at work.
One problem I had was once again I punched holes for these rivets in a bit of a hurry, which resulted in the back being a bit too narrow. I've made this mistake once before, and apparently did not learn from my mistake. You can see a gap in the above picture between the leg and the wooden back piece. That is due to the leather being too short. That's the only way it will fit. I might have to insert some kind of spacers there, but the chair works the way it is.
Another problem I found too late is the seat piece has a big slice right in the middle.
|Big slice, about 2 1/2" long.|
Something really cool on this chair are the cup washers I've used. Alex gave me these cup washers, which are solid because they were milled. The cup washers I've used before all were stamped from thinner sheet metal.
|Bad-ass cup washers.|
|Six degree taper. The end of the dowel exits in a hole about 3/4".|
One big difference is the six degree tool is extremely accurate. It is possible to dial the mortises in to a degree of accuracy that surpasses the accuracy of the tenons. It was no problem to get all eight mortises 100% perfect. I've never been perfect with any other chair I've made. This accuracy isn't strictly necessary, as the chair seems to be able to work just fine with some small deviations.
The fact that these mortises are straight result in a chair that is extremely stable. It doesn't squeak, or rock in any way. As a bonus, the chair stands perfectly stable with none of the leather attached. This makes it much simpler during construction and assembly.
|These parts stood like this for several weeks in my office without falling apart.|
|At home in my office.|