First Vidar Assembly

Vidar's Chair is taking some shape as I perform final fitting in preparation for the first glue-up. To close the gaps on these joints, I mark with a pencil all the areas where the joint is tight. Then, I follow up with the block plane to remove the mark and test the fit again.

After all six joints were simultaneously fitting as I intended, I glued up the rear assembly in four sessions during the course of the day.

Below, special clamping cauls keep the curved lumbar rail from bending under the axial load of the bar clamp.

Pre-waxing the outside of the joinery with a light coat of beeswax before glue up made it very easy to lift off any cured glue squeeze out. Below, I'm using a dental probe to pull the glue away.

In this rendition of Vidar's Chair, at the client's request, I'll be wrapping the seat with Danish cord in the traditional pattern, rather than the fiber rush type of wrap that was done on the original chairs. It will make a great looking seat, but it calls for a bit of pre-planning to properly layout the nail locations that are required for the Danish cord wrap; below.

With the nail holes located and bored into the rear seat rail, I proceeded to square up the joinery surfaces on the rear legs and make the rear seat rail flush with the legs.

Upon breaking out the material for the side seat rails, I just had to pause for a moment and take a good long look at the beautiful end grain pattern. I have no idea how long I stared at this, but I admit to getting a bit lost in it! I love this work.

After cutting the rear angle on the seat rails, I laid out the mortises for the floating tenons.

And here's the first one!

I then made four clamping cauls so that I could temporarily assemble the side rails to confirm that all the angles were accurately cut.

Next, I'll cut the lower side stretchers to length. These will be interesting, as they have different compound angles at the front vs. the rear.

Hej då and happy shavings!

Craig