|Project by Marco Cecala||posted 04-22-2009 05:11 PM||3988 views||16 times favorited||18 comments|
Just finished a set of 6 chairs. They are from a Fine Woodworking article, I also ordered the plans with full size templates to make construction easier. The design is similar to the original Stickley piece, but the back has more detail.
I built the chairs from QS White Oak. After planing, stock was run through the drum sander. After that, a few swipes with a low angle jack plane, then a smoother gave me a surface ready for finish. Curved pieces were cleaned up with a spoke shave to remove band saw marks, then finished with a card scraper. Joints are all mortise and tenon with ebony plugs at the crest rails.
The slats for the back, as well at the rails were stained and sealed with shellac before assembly. I used Rockler’s Arts & Crafts Cherry stain, then sealed it with 3 coats of 2# cut garnet shellac. I applied one coat before assembly, the sprayed 2 coats. After wet sanding with 400 grit, I applied 2 coats of Minwax wipe on poly. Some dining guests may spill wine, and shellac does poorly with alcohol. I then wet sanded with 400 grit, then to red Scotch Brite. The chairs were finished with Renaissance Paste wak applied with 4/0 steel wool.
Construction of the chairs were helped greatly by the use of an STS slot mortiser, review here http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/604 Now it’s on to the table!