Read the descriptions below and watch the promotional video to learn how Fresh Chairs are created.
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I’ll keep splitting the pieces in half until they are close to the thickness that I need for chair parts.
The shaving horse is a bench that I sit on that has a foot-powered clamp.
The horizontal slats for the chair backs are shaved until they are thin enough to bend.
I will also do the final shaping on the rungs with a spoke shave. The finished rungs go back into the dry box until the chair is ready for assembly.
I will match the back posts into identical pairs and do any further shaping with a hand plane and spoke shave.
When all parts have had their final shaping, the chair frame is ready to be assembled. I will put a little white glue into each rung mortice and assemble the side frames first. Then I'll drill the mortices for the front and back rungs and assemble the frame. At this point, it starts to look like a chair.
Then the frame goes onto my workbench where the slats are fit into the back one by one. I'll start with the bottom slat and work my way up the back, making sure that the slats line up with each other and will be comfortable to sit in. The chair in the photo on the right is a corner chair. It has two backs.