|Project by WhattheChuck||posted 12-01-2008 03:07 AM||1578 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Well, since I’ve been running around the world, quite literally, haven’t had much time to get back on the Windsor pony and get to my Boston side chairs. I did, however, get back into the shop over T-giving and finished up turning the legs and side posts for the two chairs I’m building to go with my new dining room table.
Wife wants all the same kind of chairs, but I think that will be too boring—but I decided to build two Boston side chairs, and paint them blue and mustard yellow. So, here are the turnings, finally done!
I am a relatively experienced spindle turner. But I had a heckuva time with spiral chatter with this project. I did use a steady-rest for the posts (I have a Oneway) and it is indeed quite nice. But even after the skew work, there was sanding. Yes, there was. The wood used was hard maple.
FWIW, it took me about 1 hr./leg, and about 2 hrs. for the posts. Not fast enough to be proud, but I got ‘er done!
Here are a couple of thoughts for folks looking to do this.
1. Make good templates. I did, and it saved me a ton of work. I copied a chair leg picture out of the book I used out of the book by John Kassay, and after gluing it to thin plywood, cut the template in half. This makes it easier to mark out the legs on the spindle blank while it is on the lathe.
2. The most important thing across legs is vase shape. Vases can be more squat on the end, or less. Your eye can tell the difference. It can’t tell the difference if they’re all the same, though you may favor one or another.
3. Make sure to add extra on the ends so you can make the stumps protrude out of the seat.
4. Keep the whole leg as thick as you can during the turning. Turn the small stuff last, or alternately, turn the modal points (the fractions 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 of the length) while the piece is thick.
Next step, finish carving the seats—I am relatively INexperienced seat carver, so that will be the real challenge for me! Wish me luck, and of course, I’ll post the results!
-- Chuck, Pullman, WA