|Project by idahoboy||posted 10-02-2014 01:20 AM||1749 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
These are dining chairs I made for my daughter-in-law for her birthday. They are made from an ash tree we got from my wife’s aunt’s property in northwest Pennsylvania. Along with a cherry tree and a couple of maple trees we had them cut and “hauled” off the property by a gentleman and his two draft horses. Another gentleman brought his band saw and cut the boards and hauled them to the kiln. The kiln owner fit them into a drying schedule and we drove from Idaho to Pennsylvania to bring it all back. All of this was done over the phone and I am still amazed that everything got done and done well. If you ever have a chance to make a deal for wood in northwest Pennsylvania I hope you can connect with these Amish gentlemen.
At first I was afraid of making chairs with all the compound angles but I found this plan in Wood Magazine (May 2011) and I thought I could do it. There are a couple of angled tenons but mostly the good curves come from band saw work. I altered the plans to make two end chairs to match the side chairs by widening them, extending the front leg up to meet the arms and fitting the arms to the back.