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Posted on Advice on making red oak chair seats. Any suggestions/help welcome!

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#1 posted 06-13-2018 08:39 PM

Hi Matt,
Welcome to LumberJocks.

I made a small rocking chair for my granddaughter a few Christmas’s ago and I had the same concerns.
Scalloping the seat was a huge challenge for me.

The seat is a glue-up of three boards. No reinforcement underneath.

After drawing out the area on the seat, I used my router on a scrap piece of 3/4” red oak to set the maximum depth of the scallop and then plunged into the seat to remove the material from the center of the seat and then changes my depth as I moved a way from the center. I wish I had taken some pictures because it looked pretty wild as I feathered the cut to basically zero. A belt sander and few chisels helped me blend it all together.

The maximum depth I used was about 1/4” in the center and then reduced the depth and I moved away from center.

I hope this is helpful.

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