|Forum topic by bues0022||posted 12-02-2011 06:38 PM||2097 views||1 time favorited||11 replies|
12-02-2011 06:38 PM
I’ve been working on a maloof-inspired rocking chair for almost a year now. The intent was to get it done before my wife had our first child…..which happened almost four months ago. Oh well. Because of the new baby I have worked on it only about 6 hours in 4 months – not a way to finish fast. BUT, maybe that’s good and bad. Bad because it’s slow going, but good because I’m uncovering problems and hopefully fixing them.
The seat pan for the chair is cracking. Background: Seat pan is laminated layers of spalted maple and walnut. The spalted maple had cracked prior to glue-up, but I put lateral pressure on it during gluing which closed the cracks. Now that it’s carved out and the seasons changing, it’s cracking pretty dramatically. I’ve been just filling the cracks with epoxy and since it’s spalted maple, am just going to chalk it up to “character” in the wood. My wife doesn’t mind the cracks and says “it’s how you tell it’s hand-made”. I’m not concerned structurally with the cracks, but am concerned about getting more cracks once I finally finish the chair. It will be quite difficult to patch a crack with epoxy and sand it down once it’s finished. SO, is there a way I can finish the chair with something that will penetrate the wood and harden it (clear) to keep it from cracking more? Do I just wait it out a bit and hope it cracks all it’s going to crack now – make the patches – and more forward? I know the “right” thing to do is to start over on the seat, but between being stubborn and not having any more spalted maple left, I’m going to keep trying to blast forward. Pics are below to show what I’m up against.
Thanks for any suggestions.
-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN