|Forum topic by Danpaddles||posted 02-12-2012 02:35 AM||854 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
02-12-2012 02:35 AM
Thinking to take a Windsor chair class, continuous arm style. Well, my wife is thinking to end up with a set of chairs.
Once I take the class, how hard will it be to find the wood to make more chairs? If I am not mistaken, the spindles in the chair back are rived. I have no idea where I would find a white oak log! And the seat, is it possible to buy big hunks of ?elm, ?chestnut? what is used, and can it be located?
I have an instructor lined up, an old guy that has taught many classes, I have seen his work, and I have seen some of his student’s chairs. I’m pretty confident I will be able to build more after the class, on my own. If I can find wood. And if I can find motivation.
Any pitfalls to look out for? Is anyone out there making enough off these to pay for their time?
I have a lathe, but I am short on hand tools. I’m budgeting about 500 for hand tools, a scorp, adz, spokeshave, brace and bits. Does that sound about right? I have a decent drawknife. I expect to build a shave horse.
Is there much merit to having the seat shaped by CNC? I have heard there is considerable argument for shaping the seat to match your butt. But I will not be the only person sitting on this chair anyway! I wondered if that is one area where modern technology might be an improvement over hand work. And too, I am lazy- this sounds like a great way to save some sweat. Of course, I will have to pay the guy with the CNC some bucks for his time. And I will have to model the desired shape.
any advice, warning, or words of wisdom are welcome!
BTW- he might be looking for one or two more people to fill the class, near Terre Haute Indiana (I’ll drive from Indy) in the first week of April.
-- Dan V. in Indy