Monday, August 27, 2018

Boston Chair - Back Legs


With a little jiggery pockery using Arcsoft on scanned drawings from Norman's book to make paper templates,

I first put together a jig to achieve repeatably for the slender legs.  Since 6 chairs are need for the set, 12 as near identical legs as is practical to achieve is a major goal.

The jig is first used to mark out with a draftsman's pencil  one side of the legs profile on the mahogany, 3mm thick, before roughing the shape using the fret saw.

I came across this method of  finishing a profile on Utube in a search for how to make the front legs, more of which later.  Essentially, the pin is used as a guide to follow the profile required.


Using the jig,

the cut on the leg is guided by the profile. I found that there was a danger of the jig lifting as the tool sometimes snatches the wood, spoiling the work piece or worse, damaging the profile on the jig - hence the enclosed cutter.  A damaged jig means making a fresh one!!!  Also, a bit safer to use with less chance of catching your fingers. Ouch!!!  Repeat the process for the other side of the leg.


Dada.......12 legs for 6 chairs.

The next task is to machine the holes and slots for the chairs' stretchers and seat supports, using the jig turned on its end this time. The positioning of the slots is taken from the paper template of the leg.

Another jig was made to assist in machining the slots and holes on the inward facing surfaces of the legs, 6 being left hand and 6 right hand for the stretchers connecting the two legs.

The slots and hole were machined using a 1mm diameter  mill.

To be perfectly honest, I was very skeptical about being able to turn wood down to a 1mm diameter,  but here is the proof that it can be done. 

The first try at assembly. So far so good.

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