At the end of the previous post, I asked for suggestions about how to add the recess details to the backrest panel and the front seat rail.
|Detail work on the original chair|
Yesterday I tried a bunch of things in laying out the patterns. For the seat rail, I started by drawing points exactly 5/8" up from the bottom, but not straight up - the points were perpendicular to the bottom at each point. After connecting them with a curve, it didn't look quite right.
|Experimenting on the template - not quite right|
|A very close match|
So I drew the shape on my work piece with my template 5/8" up from the bottom. Then made many marks 1/8" below that line and connected the points either freehand or with the help of some French curve templates.
For the backrest panel, I experimented with making a template based on the original chair. I made a rub of the original to get the outline.
|Made a rubbing of the original backrest splat|
|Generating the shape of the recess|
|Thought about making a double bladed cutter, the blades set just over 1/8" apart|
|First attempt on scrap|
|Using a plastic French curve to knife the lines|
I took a squared-up 1 1/2" x 3" and marked, sawed, and planed a 45° angle on the end. Then I marked a 1/8" slot on that face.
|45° end on a 2x4 with 1/8" (strong) slot marked out|
|One mini router plane, coming right up!|
|Close-up view of the chisel extending down below the base|
|Chiseling out some waste first|
|Routing out the recess|
|Look at the little curly shaving!|
|Front seat rail done|
|Backrest panel done|
BTW, does anybody know what this type of detail is called?