I know it’s been nearly two months since my last update, so I don’t really remember where I left off. Lots has happened since I posted last – unfortunately not much on the chair. Let’s see, I moved from my godfather’s place to my own place not too far away. My wife also moved up here with me finally because she finished her rotations for med school. That also means she officially graduated from med school also. I’m very very proud of her. Because we moved into a smallish townhome and she got suspicious, I had to tell her about the chair. Needless to say, she was very excited about it. BUT, with her at home all day, and me gone all day, it’s been tough to come home and ditch her again for the garage to work. Oh well, I’ll get it done eventually.
On that note, I have been working more and more towards the finished carving of the seat pan. Everything was going well, I love the wood choices I made, but I found one MAJOR problem: The top layer of my laminate has an absolutely terrible glue joint. In fact, it’s so bad I’m ashamed to even show its face here, but alas with my rookie skills I need some guidance.
This first picture shows the seat pan.
Now, onto the nastiness:
My thoughts on fixing this mistake are as follows…..Two options: try to match, or try to contrast. I think trying to match would be nearly impossible. I could possibly use some hand carving tools to carve out the angled portion of the walnut, replace with a new piece of walnut, then sand flush. Basically an inlay (and I’ve never done inalys) I fear this will look exactly like it sounds – a bad patch job. My other thought is to make the fix look purposeful. In this idea, I carve out a small portion of the angled section of walnut (where the poor glue joint exists), and instead of filling with more walnut, fill with an epoxy mixed with black dye. This would then give the appearance of a black border between the walnut and maple layers of the seat. For completeness sake, I could continue this boarder all the way through every exposed area of the seat pan where walnut meets maple. I just don’t know what kind of epoxy matrix and dye I would use.
Thoughts on my options, or others? I’m about 95% leaning towards my idea #2, but just don’t know now to execute. I need help soon if I ever plan on getting this done for my wife to use. (due-date is Mid August!!)
-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN