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Rocking Chair Summer Camp with Bill Kappel #7: Long overdue chair update

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Blog entry by motthunter posted 12-30-2008 01:03 PM 1615 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sorry for the delay. But I have been crazy resetting the shop, installing my new dust collector, and getting my heat straightened out.

I had a bit of a tragedy in my chair as you can see in this pic. The seat split. I am trying to figure out the best repair solution so that it is strong and the crack does not continue.

Anyhow, the following photos show my rough sculpting and joinery. I still have at least 40 hours of work left as I need to finish the back slats and chair back, install and sculpt the rails, and finish sand everything.

Enjoy the pics.

-- making sawdust....



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snowdog

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#1 posted 12-30-2008 04:23 PM

Wow, That looks like so much work. Some day I hope to have say “I made a rocking chair” but that is off in my future (I hope).

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Tony

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#2 posted 12-30-2008 04:40 PM

Try a butterfly insert below (strength) and just fill the top of the seat best you can, that is the best I can think of at the moment.

You could also reduce the size of the tennon, by a few thou, to reduce the compression stress after the seat is repaired.

The chair is looking good, something I have always wanted to make, but just never got around too.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Harold

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#3 posted 12-30-2008 07:00 PM

like tony mentioned, butterfly(s) if you were to use a similar wood and fill the crack I would consider it a repair…but if you were to use a contrasting wood and dark filler in the crack I would notice this as a beautiful design feature, complimenting the natural beauty of a living work of art. perhaps the butterfly’s could gradually get smaller as they traveled further down the crack..perhaps even add a couple in the head rest..to continue this theme…subtle..but it would definitely transform a familiar design into a piece that is much more personal…and relevant…..who among us here don’t have a few faded scars….this is our story.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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mranum

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#4 posted 01-24-2009 08:12 PM

Sure looked like a wonderful educational opportunity though. Someday, hopefully I will have the opportunity to try one of these chairs. They are beautiful.

Now that you have gone this far with it, whats the one thing in a tool that you simply have to have?

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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motthunter

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#5 posted 01-24-2009 09:01 PM

have to have a horizontal borer… seems like a silly thing to say, but it made the joinery and doweling so much easier.

-- making sawdust....

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Tony

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#6 posted 01-24-2009 11:38 PM

A “horizontal borer” is that not another name for a “Brace & Bit” or “Hand Drill”?

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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motthunter

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#7 posted 01-24-2009 11:43 PM

nope.. I have a super shop.. this is kind a bigger and better version of the shopsmith and I use it as a lathe, large disc sander and horizontal boring machine. I would never use it as a table saw… not safe as I see it.. But as these items and even a super strong drill press, this tool is magic.

Some day I will have to post some photos and show how versatile it is. I got turned onto this machine when I used one at Bill Kappel’s shop in Utah. After I used it there, I found one on Ebay and had to buy it.

-- making sawdust....

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mranum

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#8 posted 01-25-2009 02:43 AM

Hmmmm guess its a good thing I just got done redoing my old shopsmith then.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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motthunter

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#9 posted 01-25-2009 02:56 AM

i think so.. they are good for many tasks.. just not all

-- making sawdust....

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Karson

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#10 posted 01-25-2009 06:00 PM

A great looking chair. have you decided on the repair techniques. I also think that a series of butterflies would look great. That way you don’t have to hide the crack.

By the way I have a horizontal router table and they come in very handy for mortise and tenon work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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motthunter

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#11 posted 01-25-2009 06:02 PM

Carson,

I my daughter is a nurse so she got me a long, thin needle syringe and I injected the crack with Gorilla glue then clamped it. You can’t even see the crack now. It worked like a dream.

This was a suggestion both from Bill Kappel and the owner of the local Woodcraft store. They both know far more than me and I owe them my gratitude for their help.

-- making sawdust....

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ScaryDAve

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#12 posted 01-31-2009 05:44 AM

OK There is a project which is far, far outside my the boundaries of my patience heheheh.
That’s some seriously great work you got goin on there.

-- Failures are successes in training.

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