Monday, April 08, 2019

Reaming The Seat Mortises

Using a 6 degree reamer on the seat blank:

I think I'm going to like the new reamers. 

I had an old fart moment earlier that if I were using the 12 degree reamer could have been a problem.  I haven't a clue why but the first thing I did this morning was take a plane and clean up the top and bottom of the seat blank, removing all my sight lines from the bottom. No sight lines when using the drill powered 12 degree reamer could have been a problem, that sucker can get away from you in a second.

Today it wasn't a problem. The center line nail holes were still there so recovering the slight lines was easy and the hand powered 6 degree reamer is a lot easier to control.

Chair building will be slow this week. I've a six day line right in the middle of the day. Oh well, the day job does keep beans and tortillas on the table and for the most part me out of trouble.

See you on down the road,


Sunday, April 07, 2019

Stick Chair Seat Blank

Whatever the question, sharp is the answer.  I guess if prepping the seat blank with hand tools were easy the world would be awash with hand made stick chairs.

Shaping the underside bevel:

The bevel is slow going with many very obvious changes of grain direction.  A drawknife is of some use and a small woodie or a #3 or #4 works well on the end grain but most of it will be done with one or more of the several spokeshaves in the tool cabinet.

When the bevel is finished I'll clean up the bottom and then start to saddle the top.  That's when most of the specialized chair making tools come out to play. BTW, I now have a 6 degree reamer and tenon cutter vs. the 12 degree ones I have been using. It will be interesting to see which I like best.

Sharpening drawknives has always kicked my ass. Mostly because they are long, the handles get in the way and it is damn easy for body parts to find the sharp edge. Several nights ago, one of the drowning in snot and can't sleep ones, I came across a drawknife sharpening video where the presenter used an elevated stone holder. I can't remember who made the video but I thought that's a good idea, I'll steal it.

While digging around in the "tool room" yesterday I found a couple of wood stone holders that if glued together would/should make a stone holder for use with drawknives.

Of course I tell myself that if it works I'll make a prettier one. I can be big on self delusion, if it works I expect I'll still be using it a year from now.


Thursday, April 04, 2019

Stick Chair

I may be winning the battle with Desert Bloom but I'm sure the war is lost. Whatever, I'm back in the shop for a little bit the last couple of days.

This morning I cleaned up the jig sawn leg blanks:

It was quick work, a couple or three passes on each facet did the job.

Not so quick work will be cleaning up the seat blank. The bandsaw did a good job getting close to the line, the rest will be like that movie where John Candy was trying to go home for Christmas. Only instead of planes and trains it will be planes, spokeshaves, drawknives, chisels, and whatever else I can find to cut and smooth the edge.

Once the edges are cleaned up I'll decide which side will be the bottom and mark out the mortise locations and sight lines before beveling the bottom edges.

After beveling the bottom it will be time to drill and ream the seat mortises, give the seat a slight saddle, the Adze, scorp, travisher, and scrapers will join the fun.  Then turn the leg tenons and fit 'em to the mortises and before you know it this sucker will be a chair. The only real question remaining is arm or no arm and if the decision is to have arms do I add a comb.


Tuesday, April 02, 2019

New Leg Jig

First some housekeeping. Not much has happened in Casa Chaos for a couple of weeks. Southern Arizona is having one hell of an allergy season,  I expect because of the wet Winter. Whatever, it has kicked my ass and not much has been done other than trying to sleep without success and doing a great job of feeling sorry for myself.

I like shaped legs on my stick furniture. It is easy to get an octagon leg with a hand plane by holding the leg blank in a jig or using a similar jig to run the blank through the planer. While easy to do, both are time consuming.  I read somewhere that Brian Boggs used a jig and bandsaw to shape his chair legs. I've spent way too much time trying to find a photo of his jig in action with no joy. After some thought, I decided it might be quicker to just re-invent the wheel.

Come on Bubba cut to the chase. After a couple of weeks of butt scratching while under the influence of massive drug consumption (all legal), booze, and "yes buts" this is what I came up with.

Wide view:

Closeup of the result of all the butt scratching:

I would guess there is a better way to do the job but this jig works a treat. A quick four passes through the saw and a couple of passes on each facet with a plane and you have a octagon leg blank ready for the lathe.