|Project by rowdy||posted 06-28-2010 02:45 AM||8454 views||16 times favorited||30 comments|
Years ago when I was getting started in woodworking I ran across an advertisement in a woodworking magazine for the Kehoe jig, which is used to make dovetail splines. In the ad was a photo of a “Z” chair that was constructed with this type of spline. My wife learned of my interest in the jig and later gave it to me for a birthday present. Since then I have used the jig many times, but, alas, I forgot about the Z chair. Then a few months ago while surfing the web I ran across the site: www.dovetailspline.com and there was a picture of the Z chair again! So I decided that now was the time to make one of them. It turns out that Larry Kehoe, the designer of the jig, had died in 2007 and the business was then taken over by Kevin and Terry Jaynes, the current owners of the dovetail spline business. So now the deed is done and I have completed a Z chair.
This project offered several challenges, not the least of which was controlling (with less than 100% success) tear out in the 3/4 inch “big orange box” birch/maple plywood that I used. The veneer is so thin that it tears like paper, as I am sure most LJs know. Cutting the acute angles required, figuring out how to clamp sharply angled pieces together while glue dried, and so on made this a learning experience. The first picture shows the completed chair (finished with a home brewed wiping varnish), the second picture shows another view of the chair before it was finished, the third picture shows some detail of the splines, and last picture shows some old 170 lb guy sitting on the chair to show its strength. The strength, of course, derives from the splines.
Finally, I must acknowledge the assistance and advice I received from Kevin and Terry. They could not have been more helpful. They are GREAT folks and no one could have offered more encouragement. They are the most customer oriented merchants I have ever known. I recommend them and their product heartily.
-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas