|Project by marc_rosen||posted 08-05-2011 03:40 AM||2621 views||14 times favorited||8 comments|
I finished four Cherry chairs designed by Kevin Rodel and I have eight more almost complete. (the back and front assemblies are glued up and I need to join them, make the stretchers, final sand and finish). Eight are for our dining room and one each will go to my computer desk, our bedroom, my Mother -in-Law and my Father. My wife Paula did most of the weaving for the upholstery on our 60 inch loom (we have 5 floor looms and one table top). She also applied the last coat of finish and kept me well fed.
I followed Kevin’s plans closely with a slight variation here and there. I used a hollow chisel mortiser for most mortises and implemented angled jigs for the 85.5 degree holes. The slip tenons in the side rails are rectangular on the leg ends but rounded over where they fit into the rails. I found it simpler to use a plunge router for the rail mortises and not worry about squaring any corners. The lower side stretchers were attached using a Domino which made that slip tenon area seem almost effortless. The cross stretchers were the first hand cut dovetails I ever made and I was really stoked by their outcome
The pegs at the crest rail are Cocobolo and are square all the way in. I also cut these holes with the HCM before gluing in the crest rail then chiseled a square hole in the rail’s tenon.
We finished the chairs with one coat of Tried and True Danish oil followed by two coats of T&T Varnish oil. The appearance is darker than I prefer and some of the grain definition seems lost but Paula is thrilled with the results so why am I complaining?
I’m hoping the final stages of the remaining chairs will be completed quickly. I want to make the Hayrake table that Mike Pecovich was showing off on the Fine Woodworking site as our dining room table and my goal is to have Thanksgiving dinner on it.
To Pashley and Marco Cecala: Thanks to you guys for posting pics of your Rodel Chairs. Those images and your descriptions gave me a lot of encouragement to finish my set. Thanks for looking, Marc (ignore the Woodduck)
-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"