HI all, newbie here.
My name is Brian Noel, I am a woodworker with a small shop on the southern Oregon Coast. I have been on here for almost a week now and I had a question about thee way I scoop my seats so I thought I would start a thread on making chairs.
Chairs are my thing, I have been designing and building chairs for over 15 years. I haven’t gotten all my goodies on to LJ yet but you can see my work here;
www.bearkatwood.com and http://www.custommade.com/by/bearkatwood/
If you look through those sites you can see I make all kinds of junk and all kinds of chairs so I have a pretty wide wheelhouse.
So onto how I scoop out my seats. I know I could get my scorp and adze out, but I like a little more energy flying around sometimes.. I love my hand tools and when I can I use them, but there is something about the power of a grinder ripping into a seat blank that is exciting.
I start out with a course carbide donut grinding wheel to rough in the shape which takes about 10 minutes if I get after it. I predrill two holes right at the sit bone area to get my depth and grind down to that and then work over the whole seat. I then bypass medium grit and go right to fine to define the back of the seat. I clamp a pattern to the back of the seat blank to keep me from getting too far back. Then I use a 100 grit sanding disk to smooth it out. I follow that up with a random orbital sander at 100 grit. I don’t consider a random orbital a finish tool at all, it is a shaping tool in my mind. I wrap it all up with scrapers and an air powered bowl sander for the sweep in the back. All in all it takes about 45 minutes for a seat blank from start to finish.
When I design a new chair I like to build a prototype, this one was made from cedar.
So there you have it, how I carve a seat.. I welcome your thought, discussion and questions about chairs. Feel free to pick my brain and I will do my best to help.
-- Brian Noel