|"Head chair" at left (arms are not currently installed) and one of the others|
I used the second chair to check out the backward lean of the chair. It turns out that if I put a 1/2" shim under the back legs ...
|Shim under back leg|
|Seat leveled with 1/2" shim under back legs|
I'll get to the drawings in a minute. I'm not certain what wood was used for these chairs. I scraped some finish off of one of the back legs to see the wood.
|Not sure what wood this is|
|The greenish wood is most likely poplar|
Before I made the Sellers dining chairs I bought a flip chart like those used in businesses for presentations or meeting. While expensive (over $30!), it has been nice to have paper this size for full scale drawings. It's got vertical and horizontal lines at 1" spacing. This first drawing is a cross section through the seat rails and legs at seat height.
|Seat rail layout with legs|
|Front left leg joinery detail|
Gotta stop to ask a question of anyone good enough to respond: do you name the left and right parts of a chair (or table, or cabinet, etc.) from the perspective of someone looking at it from in front of it? Or do you name the sides from the perspective of someone sitting in the chair? For example, sitting in the chair, my right leg would be near the right leg of the chair. That's how I'm naming it.
In the above picture, some of the leg blank with be cut away during shaping. In the picture above, the bit at the right and bottom will be cut away - that's why the reveal is measured from the dotted line. To maximize the tenon length I show them mitered.
The rear leg joinery is much more interesting. Remember the original chair was doweled together. If I try to use M&T, I run into crossing tenons.
|Rear left leg joinery detail|
|Right rear leg and seat rail joinery|
|Rear leg showing offset dowel holes|
|Side view of chair|
|Close-up of side view of rear leg and seat rail joints|
Another area that will be tricky is the lower rails, which will be joined to the front and rear legs in areas where the legs have a curved shape. Here's the back leg / lower rail detail.
|Back leg to lower rail joint|
The front leg is a different story.
|Front leg to lower rail joinery|
It would be tough to plane a flat spot at the location of the joint. I think I'll just use the full scale drawing to determine the angle to use for the vertical shoulder of that rail. This should be a real challenge.
It's really interesting how just a bit of experience has made me think of these things BEFORE I start cutting. A great lesson to learn!
Finally, I got the wood for the project: some 5/4 poplar for rails, arms and backrest and some 8/4 poplar for the legs. Mini rant: I can't seem to get full 4/4 wood from the local hardwood dealer. It's planed to about 7/8" and I need 7/8" for my final thickness. I was luck they had 5/4 thickness. Arrgh!
|Poplar for the project|
|Most parts cut to rough dimensions|
I'm off Tuesday to southeastern Utah for a week of R&R - probably a lot more recreation than rest. Catch you all on the flip-flop.