The very last fitting and fettling of the final elements somehow seems to make the biggest difference to Paul. In this episode, Paul finally gets to fit the seat and the rockers in place.
When the chair tapers so that the back of the chair is narrower than the front, the chair is very graceful, but that means that the shoulders to the legs become compound cuts and none of them are square in any direction.
The rocking chair could not be more blocky and angular, the exact opposite of comfort-looking and organic. The square and blocky facilitates the solidity of good joinery and it’s from this point that we diverge to transform the final appearance to its ultimate ergonomic comfort.
The idea of shaping wood can be daunting for some, especially when you leave the realms of square and rectilinear sections to broach a freeform appearance for the organic look that this rocking chair exemplifies. This video gives you peace of mind as you rise to the challenge of a range of shaping and mortising techniques.
The various elements of the seat become very apparent in this episode.
Taking the angular rectangular components to create the organic shapes, Paul walks you through the steps carefully using the techniques he has developed for his specific rocking chairs.
The actual rockers are a major part of the rocking chair and this video walks you through all the details to create the process.
In this episode, we finesse the connecting tenon to the mortise joint of the seat, to the posts.
Paul came up with this concept for joining the frames to the seat in a unique way and enjoyed the whole process. The layout is critical and then too the cutting.
The bent slats for the back support make the chair incredibly comfortable, so in this episode, we make the former that allows us to create the ‘S’ shaped slats. Paul walks you through the steps, from creating the hand-made slats all the way through to ‘inline’ tenon cutting and fitting on curved pieces.