This entry is focusing on some of the jigs I have put together to help chair replication. if I were building one chair, I would be done by now, (hmmmm) but in order to make the chair set more or less identical, a jig would help in the repeatability of the steps and help the chairs look more or less the same when complete. One thing I have learned from all the reading and youtube'g on this subject is to not get too caught up in each chair being an exact match of the others - if it looks fair, it is fair, a common refrain of chairbuilders. I learned this first hand whern I was doing the template take-offs for the chair seat; I thought I had done a pretty good job making the curves on the front the same, they were 3/8" different, something that could not be seen by eye - I guess it was "fair".
|End of leg mortise jig showing |
indexing strip for alignment
of wedge slot with leg mortise.
|Router template in place to rout|
|Completed leg mortise - First one took 3 hours, |
remaining 3 on jig took 15 minutes!!
|Two jigs for rear and front leg leg angles.|
The next jig required was one to laminate the bentwood leg brackets. These leg brackets are a staple of modern shaker chair/bench construction, I talked about them in the last blog, but wanted to highlight the jig and post a better picture than the phone pic I used earlier.
Since the front and rear legs splay from the cente axis at different angles, two different brackets are required for each chair - 2 for the front and 2 for the back.
|Chair seat templates|
|Jig's to drill tenon holes through seat top - |
One for each corner.
|Spindle Update - this is 70 spindles |
with tenons on both ends and turned
rough round - ready to be tapered and sanded.