Now you get to see the complete addition to the top of the chair.
It gave me a chance to use my most warped bowed board. Since I was going to cut it into such short lengths it wouldn’t be bad at all. Especially since it will be framed inside the dados from the part I made in the last post.
Here you can see the finished product. I resawed the boards, planed them and cut them to the shape you see.
Here it is all installed. I thought that the top parts looked a little clunky and big, so I cut some material off the dado side to make it thinner. (I did this before they were glued up. Compare it to the last picture and you’ll see what I mean.
Now I couldn’t just leave it at that could I? I drew up a template and glued it to a piece of 1/2” MDF. Then to the scroll, spindle sander and hand sanding to end up with what you see below.
Then I glued and brad nailed 3 pieces of wood to it. This allowed me to hold the wood in place while I used the router table on it. Don’t let go!
Using a pattern following bit (the bearing on the shank end) I milled an oval cavity.
After everything is finished and I get the time, I plan on making an insert to stick in there. I haven’t decided exactly what it will be yet.
Then flipping the jig upside down and using a flush trim bit, I milled out the openings on either side of the oval.
And finally you get to see what it will look like completed. Here it is with the thinner top rail parts.
Now since there’s not really a good joint when I attach this, and with the tendency of people to grab the top of the chair to move it, in the next post I’ll show how I’ll reinforce it.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX