I have continued to work on the Charles Rohlfs Tall Back chair.
Over the last few says, I finshed cutting out the various parts, that last two being the front rail and the bottom strecther. I’m hoping the book matched grain pattern on the fromt rail will pop whem the oil finsih is applied to it.
There is still a lot of carving to do on the bottom stretcher. It is probably the simplest carving on the chair so that is likely where I will start when I begin carving.
The next major task was to rough cut the pattern on the back of the chair. To do this I traced the pattern onto the pine template and the cut each part of with scroll saw, jig saw and final clean up with files. Using the template the pattern was marked onto each half of the back, then rough cut with a jib saw. I used a ½ inch flush trim bit in my routter table to clean up most areas.
I’m still not able to build a project without screwing up one part or another. A monetary lapse of attention ( brain fart?) and before you know it you’ve made a mistake. Well while routing out the back I didn’t have a good grip on the piece when I switched on the router. The bit grabbed the piece and threw it up in the air chewing and off the router table taking a big chunck out of the back. Since I didn’t have any more wood to make a new back I had to make a repair. I cut three plugs and glued them into the dmaged aread along with some epoxy and sawdust.
Hopefully once the pattern is cut out and the area is shaped and carved the repair will not be too visible.
For the tighter portions of thepattern I useed a ¼ inch flush trim bit. I also had to cut the tigher areas of the pattern for each side.
With all the parts cut out I was eager to do a dry fit of the chair.
This chair has an apholstered seat which is something I have not done before. I’m hoping to cover the seat in leather and will have to do some reading on how this is done. Any tips or suggestions would be welcomed.
I also fabricated two gussets for the front and a single gusset that strecthes along the back of the seat.The seat back slopes at 5 degrees. Similarly the sides also taper from front to back at 5 degrees.
Well its on to the carving, which for will be the most difficult part of this project for me.
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario