The problems have been more in the line of re-doing things after we already spent time working on them. Yesterday Jonas decided not to use a drawing and a bending form that he spent several hours on.
Today, I started by re-making the chair's legs because looking at them this morning made me realize I didn't like the shape. It's possible there's more of that to come.
Better to make it right with a second try rather than pushing on with something you aren't happy with.
I didn't take many pictures today, and totally neglected Ty and Olav. Ty's chair is coming along nicely. He should finish with time to spare. Olav is building a shaving horse, and I haven't really been paying much attention to the design of his project because I've selfishly been working on my chair.
On to the pictures.
Jonas got a lot done today. He flattened his seat/cradle blank.
|Jonas traversing the board to make it flat.|
|Less than optimal back-bend.|
|The main rail was very long and had two tight curves. First time 'go.'|
|A closeup of the bend. The form is screwed to a pallet.|
To sink the legs, I started by laying everything out on the underside of the seat, including sighlines to have references on what angles I needed to drill holes. I chose to drill from the underside to avoid having to transfer those lines to the top, too. It's the way I usually drill the legs.
I drilled the holes for the front, then realized my bevel gauge was set about three degrees short of my plan. It looks fine, and doesn't really hurt anything, other than now my back legs aren't going to be on any of the lines I layed out.
The problem is this: with a rocker, the front and rear legs on each side have to be in line with each other so the rocker itself bisects both legs - in line. If the legs aren't in line, then the mortises for the rocker have to be at an angle to the leg on either the front or the back, something that aesthetically doesn't look nice.
Jonas helped here with a great idea. After stressing about how best to layout this leg hole and dial it in to perfection, he suggested laying a board up against the legs. If the board touches both legs along the full width of the board, it's perfectly in line.
Here's a short video on the process: it shows me reaming the hole, checking, making a correction and reaming to final depth.