I want to make a Morris chair with curved arms. If I had a bandsaw I might
make it with canted arms or laminate it. There is a thru mortise on the arm.
My question , is it wise to cut the mortise on the arm before steaming? If
not how do you judge the angle of cut on a curved piece? Also if you cut it
before steaming it may not be orientated correctly anyway.
On 13 Feb 2005 13:50:37 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
Then ignore it and use a froe instead.
Bandsaw your steam bent timber _after_ you've bent it, not before.
It's much easier to steam wiggly grain and then saw it straight than
it is to bend short-grained timber.
For the most part, it is easier to cut a mortise (on square stock)
before cutting any curves. Steaming presents a problem. In your
case, I'd probably cut the mortise after steaming (and laminating).
Use a bevel gauge and/or templates to get the proper angle. Building
chairs is challenging due to all the complex angles and curves.
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