Well, this will be my last post for a while. After this it’s a bunch of sanding and finishing.
There are three more parts I have to make not I’ll have to wait for the chairs to be assembled first.
If anyone is interested how I’ll do the upholstery, let me know or I’ll just skip posting that part.
Now I left off telling you that I wanted to reinforce the top of the back. Since I have never used dowels in a joint like this I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity.
I’m going to put two dowels in each end. I figure that should make if plenty strong.
Here I have clamped a little jig to the top of the chair. There are 3 little blocks extending above and below it. It extends below to line it up with the back of the chair and above to line up the crest.
I drilled the holes in the jig in the drill press to assure that the went straight. The hole is sized to be just a little smaller than the point on my brad point drill. That way it will drill perfectly centered.
Here it the crest placed in the same jig. I will turn it over and drill it from the other side. That way even if the hole was 1/8” off it would still match the hole drilled in the top since it would off the same amount.
Here on the left you can see the part with the pilot holes drilled and on the right the finish holes. Behind it you can see the jig I made to support the part while drilling the dowel hole.
Here is a part clamped in the jig that I just drilled.
Once I had all my holes drilled in the crest, I took the jig back to the drill press and opened up the holes. I clamp the jig to the top of the chair and the jig assures that I drill the holes straight. I also added a block around the drill bit to set the depth I drilled the hole.
And here is the proof that it worked. All the holes lined up perfectly.
Now you might be thinking that those two endgrain joints at the top of the crest won’t be too strong, right?
Well, once I glue in that insert from my last post, it will all be tied together just fine.
I’ll sign off here for a while. Lots of sanding and finishing to do. Like I said if you are interested in the upholstery let me know.
I can’t wait to start the table. That will be a breeze compared to all these chairs.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX