|Project by winecountrywhimsy||posted 05-12-2009 04:04 AM||8842 views||5 times favorited||15 comments|
It may be difficult to see the difference, but this chair is built from a barrel that is about 4 in. shorter than my other chairs I previously posted. This makes the chair narrower and shorter. It does not have much affect on the depth as the arms and main legs have ample length. The shorter back seems to have a better proportion, but it does not support my head when I sit in it. It may be better for a shorter person, I am 6’ tall.
I also figured out the best way to attach the chair back to the rear of the seat. I traced the arch of the main back support onto the rear seat piece and cut it out with my band saw. I then cut a 15 in. long notch, 1 in. deep with a matching arch. This notch is where the chair back staves are attached with screws at the bottom of the chair back. The chair back screws are also attached to the main back support with screws. I covered up all these screws (deck screws) with pieces of the barrel hoop that I cut to length. I attached the barrel hoop to the chair back support and to the bottom of the chair back with pan head screws that resemble rivets, somewhat. By attaching the hoop to the bottom of the back staves and to the rear of the seat, it gives the back much more strength. I added one more barrel hoop cross piece near the top of the chair, which is not shown in all the photos.
I changed my method of finish on this one also. I switched from outdoor polyurethane to a marine varnish. I hope it stands up well to the weather.
Comments and suggestions are welcome.
-- Todd @ winecountrywhimsy Sonoma County, CA