|Project by seandietrich||posted 03-16-2010 01:38 AM||5123 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
I found some great things at the county landfill, and among them was a mountain—I mean a literal mountain, of fabulous virgin wood. It was from a pallett off one of the freighters. Also in my inventory collection, were several curtain rods (from the 1960’s) per my wife’s mother, who had them up in the attic I think. They were oak rods, and nice and dried from 50 years of neglect.
I have been researching the Tage Frid designs, as well as some Windsor methods, so this is what came out of it. I cleaned the rods up with a spokeshave, cut the tenons, and tapered the legs by eye with the spokeshave. Then I augered the mortise sockets with compound angles, in the thick Austrailian cypress seat (from the dump). The plank for the seat was almost almost 2 1/2 inches thick. Really good wood. Once the thing was put together, I layed out the stretchers.
Then came the seat. Since I have adopted a hand tool lifestyle, I used a big chisel, and then a rounded spokeshave to clear out the seat. I shaped the seat in a semi-Windsor-inspired fashion, but I wanted the seat to be more a lot more subdued than the typical Windsor, so I tried to keep the seat flowing and soft. The seat took me a few days to finish. Lots of SWEAT. Finished it with a rasp, and then sandpaper.
I broke the center stretcher while glueing it up. Cussed up a smoke. Made another stretcher. Glued things up CAREFULLY. (This would’ve been a good time to use hot hide glue.) Sanded. Stained it. Finished it with poly.
So that’s the end of the story. It came out more true to the Tage Frid look than I thought it would.
-- "Unless workmanship comes to be understood and appreciated for the art it is, our environment will lose much of the quality it still retains." -- David Pye