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Steam bent Morris Chair

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This has once again been a long time in the making. 

Here is the first lot of timber I got 'Australian Red Cedar' from Boutique Timbers for the chair. There was a lot of breakages in the steam bending process with multiple trips back to get more timber. Date August 2014.
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The main frame of the chair complete. September 2014.
IMG_4056.jpgSteam box setup and Arm bending form. Had to be modified a few times to get correct radius. May 2015.

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After 3 attempts with the bending finally got enough back slats. I then went on to stuff up the tenons and had to remake all these again.
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Tenon and through mortise cut on front leg and arm fitted. Back leg also connected by mortise and tenon on a slightly curved surface. Lots of slow chisel work. January 2016.

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Legs tapered and side assembly finally glued up.
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Jig made up to rout tenons on back slats.
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And last piece glued together. March 2016.
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Now just time to finish and make cushions.

And here it is. Finished with Minwax WOP, although I sprayed it on.

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Overall I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out. Learnt a lot of things along the way. I really enjoyed the steam bending process, although it was very trying at times when I was breaking more pieces than making. 
Once again I feel my finish process let me down, spraying the WOP might not have been the best option, but I am still learning proper spraying techniques, certainly better than my first spraying attempt.
Eventually I would like to make Leather cushions but since I have never sewn before didn't want to practice on an expensive leather hide. Though for first attempt I am happy with the cushions.


Cheers everyone.
Shane
 
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And here it is. Finished with Minwax WOP, although I sprayed it on.
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Overall I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out. Learnt a lot of things along the way. I really enjoyed the steam bending process, although it was very trying at times when I was breaking more pieces than making. 
Once again I feel my finish process let me down, spraying the WOP might not have been the best option, but I am still learning proper spraying techniques, certainly better than my first spraying attempt.
Eventually I would like to make Leather cushions but since I have never sewn before didn't want to practice on an expensive leather hide. Though for first attempt I am happy with the cushions.


Cheers everyone.
Shane
 

hopefully pictures there this time

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The images on your original post are visible now - WOW! 

You did a fantastic job on that chair! Everything looks well executed and the color on that wood really popped!

Excellent job!

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Yep, I see the images in the first post but, not the second one..

Amazing job on the chair!  Classy work!

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