Chairmaking Simplified by Kerry Pierce

By Kerry Pierce

The terror of chairmaking is gone!Worried that you simply don't have what it takes to create lovely and cozy chairs? From getting the ideal perspective to ensuring the scale is simply correct and that every chair is cozy - chairmaking could be a daunting job for any woodworker. yet, by no means worry! writer Kerry Pierce attracts upon a long time chairmaking adventure to supply a handful of easy jigs that take the terror out of chairmaking.This booklet indicates you the way to make a number of kinds and kinds of chairs, from a ladder-back Shaker chair to a continuous-arm Windsor chair. You'll methods to weave tape and rush seats, carve and form wood seats and lots more and plenty extra.

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This cut should be practiced on scrap before you attempt it on a part you hope to use. If you’re hesitant and uncertain as you roll your gouge into the work, the gouge will skitter away from the cove along the turning, defiling the spindle. (I’m not suggesting that the gouge can read your mind and punish your lack of confidence, but there is something in the physics of this cut that rewards authority and punishes hesitation. ) To create a cove, you should work from both sides toward the middle, widening and deepening the cove a bit at a time.

Indd 28 3/18/08 1:11:43 PM PHOTO 1 I customized this inexpensive Craftsman lathe to allow me to turn chair posts of more than 36" in length (a length standard for most consumer-grade lathes). The stand the lathe is mounted on is The Lathe Consumer-grade lathes typically allow only 36" between centers. Unfortunately, that’s not quite enough length for the back posts of most chairs. Most of the chairs in this book have back posts more than 40" in length and a couple are more than 44" long. 30 years ago, when I was first smitten with the desire to build chairs, I was astonished at the cost of lathes capable of taking more than 40" between centers.

I put out my hand because I would rather a careening part strike my hand than my head. The Roughing Gouge Dance PHOTO 6 When I turn on the lathe with a freshly mounted blank, I stand back and hold my hand in front of my face to protect myself against the unlikely event of a blank coming apart. the walking process jars my arms and hands out of alignment, which compromises the work. As a result, I’ve resigned myself to turning each back post in two, 20"- 24" sections, the maximum distance I can comfortably manage without moving my feet.

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