|Project by Jerry||posted 08-05-2014 11:33 PM||1216 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Not so sure this qualifies as a wood project, but the chair is wood, and the cane is sort of woody, heh heh…
This was absolutely the worst, most difficult, and terrifying thing I’ve ever undertaken because it was an antique oak rocker and I was doing it for a client, so failure or damage in any way shape or form was NOT an option.
Normally a chair like this would have had the cane spline glued in with hide glue. That is the glue of choice for instrument makers and chair caners because while it has very good holding power, it can also be dissolved with water and heat for easy disassembly. However I don’t believe hide glue was used on this chair, because the traditional methods of removing the spline failed ( heat and warm water mixed with white vinegar ), and I had to take a more “hands on” approach ( read here chiseling the crap out of the groove with a home made cane chisel into the wee hours ) which was very tedious and time consuming because I had to be so very careful not to damage the groove. No power tools allowed on something like this. So, removing the spline and cleaning the groove took about 5 hours.
Also, you can normally remove the back and arms on cane chairs, it allows you better access to the groove when you are cleaning it out, but not this guy. I had to become a contortionist at times to get to the groove to clean it out because there was so little clearance between the groove and the arms.
At any rate, it’s done now, and it looks great, I couldn’t be happier.
-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.