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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby Donald Todd » Sun May 01, 2011 10:15 pm

I originally did this with a model; 1/5 size, but it was a bit fiddly. I now use one that is much bigger; almost 2/3 size: Elm seat, Cherry comb and Birch for all turned parts. The legs are just under 11".
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It is important to mark all parts (on the tenons) so it always goes together the same way.
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Exploded
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I forgot to include the wedges in the "exploded" picture! This all fits nicely into a carrier bag.
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby emjay » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:38 pm

Just finished my 4th chair, not up to your standard Donald but I'm pleased with them. Two ladderback side chairs and a rocker as in Mikes book. No glue and paper rush seats from Former Glory. Last one a welsh stick chair of no particular design but a nod towards John Brown. The only special tool needed was a home made taper reamer and a wallpaper stripper steamer.
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby emjay » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:56 pm

rocker made from plans in Mikes book except for the rockers which are bent ash, using the same bending jig as for the back legs.
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby emjay » Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:50 pm

Welsh type stick chair. Oak seat and the rest ash.
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby Emyr Parry » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:57 pm

A very nice chair emjay
The easy, slightly wide bend on the arm is very appealing to me, as are the short sticks coming through the arm.

I made a very similar chair a couple of years ago, which I gave to my closest work colleague to celebrate a special birthday for him.
My chair was elm seat and oak everything else.

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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby emjay » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:09 pm

Thanks Emyr. I envy you having elm for the seat. Mine is two bits of oak glued together and the joint shows. Like yours the legs and sticks are done on the shave horse, with only the taper tenons on the legs done on the lathe. I like the slightly imperfect finish left by the spokeshave. Since starting my chair, a neighbour showed me his 200 year old one. The front legs are octagonal and the back ones round. There are only 4 sticks and they too are octagonal.
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby emjay » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:28 pm

Chairmakers might be interested in this scaled up version of a netmakers needle made of ash that I use for seat weaving. When fully loaded it will easily take over 30 feet of thick paper rush and is slender enough that it works nearly to the centre of the weave before you have to abandon it. Also the rush doesn't untwist as you work.
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby Darrell » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:58 am

MJ,

Can you post a picture of how the rush needle is loaded?
A couple of in-progress pictures or a video would be cool too.

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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby gavin » Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:25 am

Darrell wrote:Darrell
who cannot start on another chair until the dusty old ones he started years ago are finished...

That happened to me once. I made this windsor bow-backed elm-planked chair that needed new undercarriage cos the first lot of legs and stretchers I assembled green and it shrank. And this flaming bow-backed plank stopped me doing anything else, chair wise for twenty years - I kept thinking: I really ought to finish that one. Then I moved the bow-backed plank outside to a tree house and it got left behind when we moved. :D :D
Obviously you could burn your dusty ones, but that would be too much strain for me to take. I am not the person to consult on such a delicate disposal. Anyways, get a copy of Mike Abbott's Going with the Grain and you'll easily be knocking framed chairs out in a day no problem. And more importantly, having fun and not being terrorised by dusty ghosts from the past.

Question for our readers: What should Darrell do with his dusty unfinished chairs?
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby Ian S » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:21 pm

He could send them to some antipodean expat with a big shed....
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby emjay » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:04 pm

Darrell. Plenty of netmaking videos on youtube that will show you how to load the needle better than I could describe it. If you're using paper rush, make sure it's wet. I draw it through a bowl of luke warm water as I load it. Nothing to stop you now, get those chairs finished.
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby Former Glory » Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:56 am

emjay wrote:Chairmakers might be interested in this scaled up version of a netmakers needle made of ash that I use for seat weaving. When fully loaded it will easily take over 30 feet of thick paper rush and is slender enough that it works nearly to the centre of the weave before you have to abandon it. Also the rush doesn't untwist as you work.


Nice bit of rushwork there Mick, fancy a trip to Dorset to give us a hand? We've got a shedload of chapel chairs in from the N Trust, 54 of 'em, only done 12 so far. I like the shuttle idea, nicely made too. Got to admit we just hank it and if I'm working on my own I'll rubber band the hank while I pass it - otherwise I purloin the services of my long suffering other half to pass it ahead of me. :wink:
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby emjay » Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:04 pm

Thanks for the compliment FG but I don't think I'm up to your standard and it takes me a few hours to do one. But I will be in touch for more paper rush when I do my next chair.
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby steve tomlin » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:49 pm

An ash ladderback dining chair, seated with herringbone weave rattan

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ps I got caught out a bit because the rattan is 3/4" wide rather than 1", keep it in mind when designing your chair.
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Re: why is there so little chair making discussion?

Postby emjay » Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:50 pm

Another welsh type stick chair, oak seat the rest ash
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