|Dry-fit of the back assembly|
With that in clamps, I had time to mix up some shellac and put together my upgraded Veritas small plow plane. I'll post about that separately.
After a few hours, I removed the back assembly from the clamps and went for the whole she-bang. I did a dry-fit of the whole chair. When clamping the front ass'y to the back ass'y, the upper rail area has parallel surfaces (though offset by 1.75") to clamp against. But for the the lower rail area, the back leg is angled back, so I needed a clamping pad/caul. I taped the caul to the leg because I can never seem to work the clamps and hold the caul in place at the same time. I also added a piece of tape showing the clamp location for the upper rails. This helps me get the clamps centered on the rail.
|Clamping cauls taped to lower legs|
|Damp spot where squeeze-out was wiped away|
|New experimental ketch ... er ... glue bottle along with Titebond bottle|
|Comparison of glue bottle nozzles|
While that was in the clamps, I took the opportunity to shorten the back legs on the other two chairs that I'd built along with this one. This leans the chair back a bit for greater comfort. I used a 1/2" set-up block to scribe a knife line around the bottom of each back leg and cut off the waste with a backsaw. Then chamfered the new bottoms with medium rasp and smoothed with sandpaper.
|Scribing a line around bottom to shorten the back legs|
I also wiped down those two chairs with damp rags to raise the grain. Tomorrow, I'll sand them lightly and begin the finishing process.