The hand tool equivalent to the bandsaw is a bow saw or frame saw. Watch a video of frame saw resewing in action and it'll make you rethink these hand tool only shenanigans
Jokes aside, it certainly can be done and more power to you!
Wen isn't a Home Depot brand... that's pretty much Ryobi and Ridgid.
Wen is just a company that bought an old name, and is selling rebadged generic Chinese equipment. You'll see this stuff over and over with various brand names. Like that 10 in bandsaw is also sold by Rikon, Craftsman, etc.
Made some more progress over the past few days. Slower going than I'd like but we're getting closer to the finish line now. I have two other projects going on right now with rapidly approaching deadlines so my chair is having to play second fiddle. Not a ton of pictures today but I'll have a lot more once things start going into assemblies again.
So with the arms bent and mortises cut (which of course I didn't take pics of, oops) the next step is the side slats. For those who haven't seen the guild build, you use a slot cutter to cut a groove the entire length of side rails. You then glue in filler pieces between the slats. This is done so as as to avoid having to cut some pretty complex curved mortises and tenons on the slats. After doing it this way, I have mixed feelings about the process. Its definitely WAY easier and faster. However, I'm not 100% happy with the results. Maybe with some more meticulous grain matching it'd be better. And obviously the pieces haven't been finish prepped yet so there's still a little glue that'll go away. Hopefully with finish applied, the results will be great.
A note of caution to those who plan on building this. It is extremely important to get the perfect fit on the slats. Shoot for a tight fit off the machines and then finesse with a plane so you get a perfect fit. Some of my slats were a little too tight and it made things difficult while trying to fit the filler pieces.
Here are the chair back stiles. Nothing complicated, just some template routing. I got lucky with a perfect board for these pieces. Both stiles came from the same board and the grain followed the curves really well. I like the profile of the chair back a lot. I think its going to be quite comfortable.
The back slats. This is where things may get a bit interesting. Like I said, I'm on a bit of a time crunch with other projects going. I also may be taking a new job and having to pack up shop and move at any time now. So I really need to get this thing done asap. To try to speed things up a bit, I decided to skip the bent lamination for the back slats and cut them out of solid stock. I have a ton of leftover 8/4 cherry cut offs (not complaining) that should work quite well. Cutting the tenons was much easier this way as well. I was running out of time for the evening so this is how they sit currently. I didn't want to cut the curves until I can get them locked into their mortises the same day. I'm using some pretty straight-grained lumber but I'm a little worried these are going to move excessively on me.
Comments and critiques always welcome. More to come soon. Hopefully tomorrow. Beer time.
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