|Project by PPK||posted 06-28-2016 04:38 AM||3320 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
I built this set of three bar-stool height chairs to go in front of my island.
They are made from hickory, with walnut back slats for accent. The construction is all mortise and tenon, done mostly on the table saw, but some hand cutting. (Mortises were all done with my Jet mortising machine.)
I used hide glue for all the joints, so I can repair them if they ever have issues. I tried really hard to resist the urge to over-build these chairs, and I was successful for the most part, although they are pretty heavy. Part of that is due to the fact that solid hickory is no light wood to begin with.
The chair backs are steam bent, and I am surprised at how well it works. Who says you can’t steam bend kiln dried lumber? Proof right here. You can. I did get me steam box up to 200 deg. F. and that really seemed to work well.
I made the butt impressions (I know, its called SCOOPING the seat) with a my angle grinder and a cheapo carbide wheel thing from Harbor Freight, then some flapper disks, then lots of quality time with the RO sander. All three of the seats turned out pretty symmetrical.
Finish is danish oil wiped on, then 3 coats of Arm R Seal wiped on. Finishing isn’t my strong suit. But, I try. I wanted to do sprayed on lacquer, but it just doesn’t hold up well enough for chairs. I’m pretty decent at getting lacquer to lay nice! but I suppose anybody can lacquer.
Perhaps I’ll do a blog post, I did take pictures of the whole process.
OK, here’s the link to the blog: