Rocking Chair Summer Camp with Bill Kappel #3: Here is day 3

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Blog entry by motthunter posted 07-17-2008 03:43 AM 1243 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, day 3 has ended and man am I tired. It was a super productive day.

The legs were formed and fitted. The biggest challenge was to mate the legs to the seat.

After hours of fiddling and using Bill’s method, all was fit perfectly. What a thrill to see the legs attached and fitting like a glove. After the legs were fit, Bill gave me another lesson in machine carving to form one back leg to the seat. Later we cur out both arms and carved the first to fit.

Enjoy the photos

front leg is marked

after band saw cut offs

a close up on the joint

back leg is cut out

creating a flat at an angle to the face. makes legs lean

finished angled surface

cutting the joint

a view of the joint

grinding a joint

leveling and sanding

legs dry fitted and one leg worked

arm blanks were doweled and dry fit

arm being marked

cutting away waste on the band saw

part two of many cuts

carved out arm

leveled and rough sanded arm

done for the day… tomorrow is more

The biggest challenge here is that I can’t actually finish the whole chair. I will UPS myself the components and when I arrive home do final gluing, shaping, sanding and finishing..

More tomorrow

-- making sawdust....

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#1 posted 07-17-2008 04:01 AM

looking great. i love all the curves. that is going to be ONE comfortable seat!

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#2 posted 07-17-2008 01:38 PM

Very nice work. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

-- Jerry

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#3 posted 07-17-2008 02:38 PM

Sure looks like fun work. I’ve never used a grinder to shape parts. How did you like using it?

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#4 posted 07-17-2008 03:03 PM

I also never used a grinder this way and I am getting used to it. I am always afraid to use grind off too much. It works great though with the KUTSALL donut wheel with carbide.

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 07-17-2008 05:10 PM

Looks wonderful….you know that seat to leg joint is outstanding, it can be used and incorporated in so many variations and unique projects. I’m excited to see the progress… know what…I have seen many variations of this chair, but I don’t recall ever seeing one with a fiddle-back slat arrangement… would that work? perhaps in place of the center slats…. a subtle queen ann feel…..just thinking out-loud..anyhow it’s gonna look great!

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