|Forum topic by RobH||posted 01-26-2008 05:02 PM||715 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-26-2008 05:02 PM
I am about to do something that I have always wanted to do, build chairs, footstools, bar stools, etc. Several articles I have read mention a method by which you rough turn the stretchers and tenoned parts of the chair. Then the tenoned parts are placed in a “kiln” that consists of a box and a light bulb. The tenoned parts are “super-dried before assembly into the legs of the stool, chair, etc. The tenoned parts are removed from the kiln and finished turned to the correct diameter. Then the chair, stool, etc is assembled. As the tennons gain moisture back, they will lock into place in the mortises. They say these joints do not even need to be glued. This is supposedly how old chairs were made and why they stay together so well.
Well, I want to build a box to dry the stretchers in. Does anyone have anything like this that they can post some good pictures of so I can get some ideas? I know some turners use something of this nature to dry bowl blanks. I am interested in making mine large enough to dry a few bowl blanks also. Also, if you use something like this, can you tell me how you use yours so as to dry the wood correctly.
Sorry for the long post, but thanks for the input. I look forward to seeing what you have.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA