Started by marking the front legs for where to remove material.
|One leg shaped, the other ready to go|
|Top of leg "pillowed"|
|Chamfer and "lift" marked out on front outside corner|
|Chamfer and lift complete and sanded|
|Leg taper done in one direction|
|Front leg assembly dry-fit|
For the glue-up, I laid out the parts so I couldn't possibly glue it wrong. (That never happens ...)
|Ready to glue up|
|Too much squeeze-out|
I set this upright on the floor to dry, content to remove the squeeze-out in a few hours with a chisel. Well, I didn't think there was so much glue that it would start dripping - I didn't find it until hours later.
|Bad squeeze-out running|
I recently read a blog post from Chris Schwarz where he extolled the virtue of wiping the squeeze-out with a damp rag. I used to do this, but recently went with Sellers method of cutting it away with a chisel after it has set up a bit. I can't always get to the squeeze-out with a rag when clamps are in place, so the Sellers method made sense to me. But I think I'm going to go back to the damp rag to avoid the hassle later.
While the glue was drying on the front leg ass'y, I went on to shaping the back legs. First up was to remove 3/8" from the outside face, starting at the top and tapering down to nothing at about the lower backrest rail.
|Ripping off a taper on the upper outside face of back leg|
For this I used the 26" 5.5 tpi Pax rip saw. Really wish I had a smaller panel saw (almost got one on eBay recently, but as usual I was denied), but this saw worked fine. Followed that up with the #4 1/2 to remove heavier waste and the #4 to smooth it up. Then it was on to shaping a round at the top, front to back. Used something round to mark it out and then ...
|Marking out the roundover|
|Roundover marked out|
... cut out the waste with chisel, rasps, file and sandpaper. The following picture shows the round-over, as well as the layout for a tapered chamfer that really lightens the look of the legs (and the whole chair).
|Round-over done and chamfer laid out|
The spokeshave made quick work of this. Before doing these chairs, I thought the top where the leg is rounded would be a problem, but this went smoothly. I smoothed over that area with a file and sanded. This gives a really great look.
|Upper leg shaped and sanded|
For the lower legs, the front corners received tapered chamfers and the back corners got small chamfers.
|Tapered chamfers on front corners of back legs|
Finally, I finish planed and lightly scraped and sanded all surfaces to remove pencil marks and prep for glue-up. Didn't have enough time for that - Maybe Sunday or Monday. Until then ...