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Windsor Chairmaking Tips

INDEX

TOOLS

Adz, Scorp, Inshave
Auger (Hollow)
Bending Straps
Big Shave
Bow Saws
Braces
Compass Plane
Kiln
Reamers
Reshaping a round bottom
Sharpening Tools
Spoonbits
Clico Spoonbit Modification.(pdf)
courtesy of Highland Hardware
Spokeshave
Spokeshave comparison
Steamboxes for Settee
Tenon Cutters
Travisher
Treadle Lathe

CONSTRUCTION

Bending/Drying
Bow Joinery
BOW: Ray vs. Ring Side up
Carving Knuckles
Chair Plan Sources
Children's chairs (reducing patterns)
Comb-back tapers
Comb (Crest Rail) - plans
Crest Rail - how to bend
Fan-back Knuckles/plans
Glues - comparison
Gluing Tips
Green Wood (vs. dry wood)
Groove-making
Measuring Length
Mortises
Tenons
Nanny Bench Dimensions
Number of spindles
Riving Wood
Rockers
Sculpting Seats - depth
Side Stretcher Angles
Solid vs. glued up seats
Spindles - dry wood
Spindles - Rounding
Tear-Out
Stick Chair -Leg Angle
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FINISHING

Antique Wear-through Finish
Changing Chair Color
Crackle Finish
Fire Antiquing
Milk Paint
Shellac & Milk Paint
Staining vs. Painting
Stripping old finishes
Linseed Oil-Sticky
Waterspot/Varnish

CHAIR FEATURES

Chair Seat Comfort- factors
Chair structure/strength discussion
Wider chair seats

WOOD

Ash (white)
Birch - use for chairs
Keeping wood wet
Wetting dry wood
Length to cut harvested wood
Limb wood (use of)
Poplar/Basswood for seats
Powder post beetles (preventing)
Red oak (how to keep green)
Solid vs. glued up seats
Splitting out logs
Strength of Maple woods

GENERAL

Repairing Chairs
Shipping chairs
Splitting (keeping chair legs from)

LATHES/TURNING

Turning (tools, books, wood, faster,
discussion of turning one's own chair parts)
Preparing Blanks
Lathe Chatter
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