Bannister back chair – dry fit back assembly

Today was fit up day.  The good news is that everything seemed to fit pretty well.  Assembly required only a little gentle tapping.  The rear seat rail is of white oak.  Reason being?  It was laying under the lathe.

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The rear of the crest rail is straightforward.  Piercings are “heavily” beveled.  The “flower” at the top is developed on the back.  A closer look at the balusters will show a lamb’s tongue on the lower pommel.    I’d like to say that this was a critical design consideration.  But the truth is that I inadvertently bumped the pommel with the tip of a skew as I was moving the tool rest.  Lesson:  don’t move the tool rest while the stock is turning.  Lesson:  Turn an accident into a design detail….

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Tomorrow starts the front assembly.  Whew, this fast paced production is wearing me out!

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2 Comments on “Bannister back chair – dry fit back assembly”

  1. Matt McGrane Says:

    That carving is really sharp! Up to now, I’d only seen the back splats from the front and I thought they were flat. I see now that they are flat on front and turned on back. Did you temporarily glue halves together to turn the shapes, then separate the halves to create this?


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