I will assemble the back and fronts then do the sides. The posts are 1 1/2″ square to begin with and I use a 5/8″ radius bit to round them up as much as I can, or rough them out is probably a better term. Then I spoke shave them to shape and a light sand with some 120 grit. These will be oiled so 120 is as far as I need to go. Sounds coarse but not really. Because the bubinga is so hard, the 120 grit leaves them somewhat open and a good coat of oil, let dry, scuff sand with some 320 grit and some more oil, sand with 600 grit, more oil, rub out and I’m done.
A couple of weeks ago I bought some of Titebond’s CA glue. I bought the gel because I knew I had these chairs coming up. The thick CA makes a great filler on any tear out or defect and it dries clear and fast. Since these chairs have a natural finish, it picks up the color from the bottom of the chip out yet fills the defect. When clear coated it is pretty invinsible and has always worked really well. DO NOT use the activator when doing this, let it dry naturally, the activator will cloud the glue.
Hopefully, between today and tomorrow we will have the chairs almost done, then full focus on the seed press.
I’ve a little scrap left over from the chairs, not a lot, but perhaps I might try a bubinga bucket and old fashion butter churn with copper bands. I think they might be right nice. I’ve got to tell ya, folks coming by the shop and see the buckets sitting there, well….they love them! Mike Galloway was telling me that he was at a show or craft fair and someone was selling buckets for $75 each and I’ll also tell ya that the rope handle seems to be the favorite….go figure.
Back to shaping the posts and then scooping seats. We’re gonna film the seat scooping as I probably accomplish this like ya never seen before and there are a couple of new things I will be using. Stay tuned.