question about making dining chairs..

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Forum topic by jerkylips posted 09-12-2011 07:42 PM 1446 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-12-2011 07:42 PM

so, I’m thinking about making a dining table at some point & have seen some nice ones here. It got me thinking, a table is relatively straight-forward, but what about matching chairs?

To do non-upholstered chairs, how do you go about making the….uh…....butt grooves… the seat?

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 08:24 PM

You might start with an adze to chop out the rough shape. An alternate might be a scorp; a tool that looks like a draw knife bent onto a U shape. either of these could be followed by a travisher, or a new tool by Lee Valley called a pull shave. It looks like a heavy duty floor scraper but the business end is made more like a spoke shave.

There is a good article about this by Chris Schwarz in Popular Woodworking recently called “Saddling a Chair” I think. Here is a link to the article.

In either case it’s a time intensive manual job. There are some cutters made for angle grinders that look like a round chainsaw blade that I suspect might do some of the roughing work with power.

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 11:45 PM

I tend to do them the Sam Maloof method. Not exactly safe but it works for me.
I make the seat in usualy 5 parts with bevel cuts joining them and I make free hand cuts on the bandsaw to form the scoops, then follow that up with heavy sand to clean up the bandsaw marks.

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