The day started out well enough. I decided that since I had already cut the whole seat blank out (rather than leaving the rear of the seat alone so I could have something to clamp to), then I would finish the rear of the blank allowing me to use the outside radius of the actual seat to lay out the spindle deck.
I know that elm is an incredibly difficult wood to work. It has interlocking grain, and is temperamental in the sense that grain direction can change from one shaving to the next. That being said, the shaping of this part of the seat was easy. Maybe my tools were sharper than usual, or (more likely) the wood was still has a bit higher moisture content than bone dry since it was milled in February.
Regardless, roughing out of the rear roundover was pretty easy, and it smoothed up with my spokeshave with no problems. Yay!
|My cute little drawknife.|
|Finished the roundover in no time flat.|
What I learned was it really doesn't take longer to do things the right way. I know the "proper" way to square lumber and make tapering cuts, and it would have saved me the entire morning if I had done it that way in the first place rather than trying to cut a corner or two because I'm in a hurry.
Meanwhile, Jonas was finally able to get a piece of ash to bend in his loop back form.
|This looks weird, but you'll see why it has to be this way once you see his finished piece.|
|I mounted the back supports and the arm stumps.|
After mounting the arm stumps, I gave the chair a test-sit, and realized that there was barely enough room for me to get in it between the arm stumps. Once the arms are on, I won't fit in this chair.
The problem was there wasn't enough splay in the arm stumps. If they were pointed a bit farther out, the chair would be much more comfortable.
I decided to plug the holes I just drilled and drill them again, at the proper angle.
|A matter of gluing a piece in, cutting it off and starting over.|
|Stunning turnings in hornbeam.|
|Discussing how to drill accurate holes.|
|Jonas has a cool Ohio compass plane.|
|Testing the shape with a scrap.|
|Jonas and an end-grain cut off of whitebeam.|