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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 prevention
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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