Dining Table complete and delivered...
My son and I delivered the dining table to his brother this past week, it was a big hit. We loaned him some chairs to use until I get around to building the ones for the table. A couple of pics...
|The finished table, ready for delivery, painted maple base, with stained birch top.|
|I had my buddy Joey make me some aluminium keys for the trestle.|
They make a very nice contrast with the black!
And now for some seating...
The chairs I made for for our dining set were Windsor style, but really a blend of Windsor, Shaker and Wile styles. The seating for this would be true Windsor style, with a bowback chair with a backsplat. I bought James Mursell's Windsor chair-making book and full-size plans - if you have not made chairs before, do not buy this unless you are getting some instruction. These instructions are not detailed enough to make your first chairs from; take a course, build other chairs, or phone-a-friend to help you get going on your first chairs. That being said, the full-size plans are great to work from.
The model to the right is the model I made to get approval on the design. A previous post shows this is well underway, and I continue to turn a few pieces at a time when I am home. Having made several benches and the fact that the bench does not require a back meant this was the "low hanging fruit" of the seating for me to knock off first.
Before heading overseas for a couple of weeks, I spent Saturday afternoon outside turning perfectly good birch into sawdust in the wind. A perfect day for carving outside. The rough shape of the bench is done, I will fit the legs and turns the rungs when I get home.
|The birch blank, cut to rough shape and holes drilled for the legs.|
|Depth holes cut on the length to the various depths I need to carve to a consistent depth - let the sawdust begin.|