Four down, eighteen to go

Legs that is (are).

My current project is a set of dining side chairs to complement the round, staked leg tables that I currently have for sale.  These chairs are from Christopher Schwarz, “Anarchist Design Book” and are the same design as “le chaise d’enfer”, which I made as a practice/prototype.  I am making five chairs and so I need twenty legs, plus a couple for insurance.

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After the legs are roughed out square and cut to length, they are tapered on the jointer.  Then comes the fun part, planing the squares into octagons.

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This part is done by hand and takes a bit of time and some muscle, …muscles that I haven’t used for awhile, or so my body reminds me.  The wood is black ash and planes well but does create a good deal of friction.  Fortunately, a quick rub down with a wad of waxed paper makes things go surprisingly smoother.

BTW- that pile of shavings is from two legs and each one represents a single stroke with the plane.

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