|Forum topic by opalko||posted 06-29-2011 05:05 PM||867 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-29-2011 05:05 PM
I have a couple of chairs identical to these that I would like to replicate:
and some Internet links to the same chair style:
As you can hopefully see in the pictures, the back legs/stiles have a bend to them. They measure 1 1/2” by 1 1/2”. The total bend is about 2 1/2”. In other words, if you drew/pulled a straight line from the top rear corner to the bottom rear corner of a back leg, and then measured at the widest point a line perpindicular to this one to the outside of leg, it would be 2 1/2” (I hope that makes sense).
My question is: are these legs/stiles steam bent or are they just cut from one big hunk of wood? I am not sure where/how to acquire and steam bend stock this wide, so I was thinking of getting 2 pieces of 1×3 oak, glue them together, and then simply cut the profile of the leg this way. Is this the wrong way to go about it, or will it be fine? These are just everyday chairs not meant for a showroom, btw.
Same question for the rails of the ladder back, though it’s difficult to see in these photos. They have a gentle bend in them. Can I just laminate a couple of pieces together and then cut the curve on the bandsaw?
Thanks for any ideas. Happy 4th of July!