Usually, before I spend a lot of money on quality wood for a new project, I make a mock up from cheaper construction grade lumber. The mock up allows me to learn, and make mistakes at relatively low cost; but just as importantly, it gives me the courage to proceed with a new technique or design because I’m not using expensive wood.
I can’t emphasize enough the value of making a first off, throwaway version of a new challenging project. Often, having served their purpose, these mock ups end up in the woodstove. Sometimes, more rarely, they get a coat of finish and end up either in the shop or the front room as useful but less than ideal end products.
This particular chair* is not suitable for use, for a number of reasons, and so I have dubbed it, “le chaise d’enfer” (the chair from hell). But instead of the wood stove, I have a more interesting immolation in mind. Stay tuned.
*I should have mentioned that the design for this chair comes from Christopher Schwarz’, “The Anarchist Design Book“. He has generously shared his designs and knowledge with the woodworking community.