Reclaimed Pine All-Weather Morris Chair #5: Seat Slats & Arm Rest Dry Fit

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Blog entry by TimBridge posted 05-21-2014 03:25 AM 2557 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Stretching Keeps One Limber & Slat Attack Part 5 of Reclaimed Pine All-Weather Morris Chair series Part 6: Round Overs, Arm Rests, and Fixing A Mistake »

Here I’ve added the seat supports, seat slats, and back support to which the back rest will be hinged. Again, all screws countersunk.

The seat supports aren’t pictured too well but you can slightly see them holding up the seat slats. They too have a 5 degree bevel on the top as well as 7 degree bevel on the bottom.

Here you can see my previously mentioned mistake. Unfortunately, I put the front stretcher 3 inches too low. It should be 10-1/2” from the floor but I put it 7” from the floor like the rear stretcher is.

Since I stupidly glued the front stretcher already, I planned to cut another piece and slip it in under the first seat support. This will do three things: (1) Close that gap in the front, (2) Extend the front skirt to be level with the side skirt (which I think looks better anyway), and (3) give further support to the first seat slat which will be taking a lot of use by people sitting on the edge and getting on and off.

Oh, and notice the missing slat? During a earlier dry fit test, I tried to sit on it with only 2 slats placed. One of them snapped right in the middle where a huge knot was. I suppose better to find that out in testing than after finishing! I had to cut another one.

As for the arm rests, I laid them into place to see what they’d look like. The left arm rest was pretty badly warped. I got the wood for free from a friend of a friend’s old bookshelf so beggars can’t be choosers.

At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was going to replace it or see if screw and glue will be enough to straighten it out.

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-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#1 posted 05-21-2014 09:02 AM

Opps , we all do it….. Nice recovery though. I’m making a cabinet for Blondie and the face frame warped. Not sure why, as I have had the wood for a while and let it rest after milling. Today it gets scrapped. Can’t live with it. I’m guessing a little pine from the store won’t be that much and it will look so much better.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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