Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Legs Dry Fitted

I have finished the legs and have dry fitted them into the seat. They look good, angles are not perfect but close enough to be no problem.

Chair from the side:

From the front:

The seat still needs some shaping and of course cleaning up. After shaping the seat I need to make four sticks/slats for the back and a crest rail. This sucker is close to being in the short rows.

I'm still waiting on my 12/4 Ash for the new bench base. If the Ash isn't available I think Red Oak is and is close enough in price to the Ash to be a reasonable substitute. The bench's slab standing in the corner covered in dust is bugging me. It's time to fish or cut bait.

Once the bench is finished, unless MsBubba has other plans for my time and as always if she does "yes dear" is the correct response, will be another stick chair made with a Poplar seat and painted with contrasting base/finish milk paint. In the queue as well is a stick table/desk. I'm not sure which will be first.

Plans are being finalize for a trip to Houston over the Winter Solstice to honor the most important day of the year (MIDOTY), MsBubba's birthday, with the kids and so I can meet the newest Grandpeanut. I'll take tools and bench with us so I can repair the changing table that was damaged when shipped.

A busy end of the year.



  1. Ken if you remember before the legs get glued, show a few pics of the fitting. You have me right on the cusp of trying to make a chair.

    1. Ralph,

      There is not much to it, if the dry fit is good just saw the tenon for a wedge, put glue on the tenon and mortise and seat the leg. I call it driving it home but the reality is even though I use a "lumpy" to set the leg you do not drive 'em home. As you hammer/drive the leg you are listening for the dull sound of the leg seated. Once you hear the leg has seated, stop. If you keep going odds are the next whack will split the seat.

      Do it, the stick chairs have been some of my most enjoyable builds.