I have been making good progress the last day or so finishing up the chair. Once I got past redoing the marquetry panel the momentum picked up.
This will be the last update on the Sgabello di Fossacesia prior to posting the final project (hopefully early next week).
The budget light boxes ordered from Amazon arrived yesterday and I’m looking forward to using them when I photograph the finished chair. We’ll see if it makes a difference compared to the halogen work lights that I have used up until now.
To finish up the chair I needed to shape the back leg joint. I did most of this by hand with rasps although I did use a power carver for the tight curves near the seat. Here are before and after shots.
I shaped the tenons on the front legs using Lee Valley’s 5/8” tenon cutter. It is like a big pencil sharpener. I used a corresponding reamer to ream out the tapered holes in the seat. I didn’t quite get the angles to match up exactly on both sides. They are close but not perfect. When I do this again I will chuck the reamer into a brace and do it by hand rather than with a power drill.
I cut slots into the top of the leg tenons, glued and wedged the legs into the seat.
With a chisel and block plane I cut away some of the chair back to match the thickness of the marquetry panel. That way when installed the panel will be flush with the surface of the back. Finally I attached the marquetry panel to the seat back with white glue and lots of clamps. The purist in me thinks that I should be doing this with hide glue. Maybe next time.
And finally I’ve glued up, screwed and clamped the leg seat joint.
Tomorrow I’ll do some final scraping and sanding and decide what kind of finish to put on the chair.
Thanks for coming along with me on this project and visiting this little town on the Adriatic coast of Italy .
Your comments and encouragement along the way was very much appreciated.
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario