stevenbunn Sat, 04/30/2016 - 13:14

Goings on in the shop

 

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program (the Tracy hand-rest series) to show you one of my large Sack-backs.

One of my New York pattern Sack-back Windsor chairs.

 

This is the chair for which I made the Tracy carved-knuckle hand rests. The legs are a Gottshall pattern. The arm-posts pattern was taken from Wallace Nutting's book on Windsor chairs. The seat profile is the same pattern as my version of the Nantucket Fan-back arm-chair. As I said in my last post, assembled, but now the sanding.... And yes, I do sweep the floor once in a blue moon. Thanks for stopping by. STB
stevenbunn Sat, 04/30/2016 - 09:48

Tracy Carved Knuckle Hand Rest (Cont'd)

 

Continue to shape the knuckles using a rasp and finish smoothing the knuckles with sand paper.
 
Sanding and shaping the knuckle hand-rests is a never quite done kind of thing. This is the first of a number of sanding sessions that I find myself doing. After I carve the volutes on the sides of the knuckles, I sand. Sanding the volutes, and then gently rounding over the outer knuckles and blending these fearures with the volutes...well more sanding. Even after assembling the chair, I find myself sitting in the chair with a pad of sand paper in each hand sanding, deepening the webs to high light the the knuckles, and smooth any remaining chisel marks.
stevenbunn Tue, 04/26/2016 - 20:24

Tracy Carved Knuckle Hand Rest (Cont'd)

 

For better access to the end grain on the carving blank, I clamp the arm bow in a Jorgensen hand-screw clamp, then mount the Jorgensen in the bench vise with the hand-rest pointing up. I hold a bench chisel bevel down and pare the end grain. Cut in a sweeping motion cutting down into the web from the outside flat. This deepens the web and shapes the center knuckle at the same time.
stevenbunn Tue, 04/26/2016 - 07:10

Tracy Carved Knuckle Hand-Rest (Cont'd)

 

Turn the arm over and start defining the web between the knuckles on the top of the hand-rest The gouge will only chop down so far into the end grain of the handle. To clean up and shape the webbing in the end grain, I find it most convenient to clamp the arm bow and rest vertically in my bench vise. See next image.
stevenbunn Sun, 04/24/2016 - 09:12

Tracy Carved Knuckle Hand-Rest (Cont'd)

 

Use a wide gouge to start creating the web between the knuckles.
stevenbunn Sat, 04/23/2016 - 09:08

Tracy Carved Knuckle Hand-Rest (Cont'd)

 

The roughed out hand-rest mounted on the arm-post.
 
While the rest was still clamped upside down on the bench, I used a japanese style trim saw to under cut the block up to the lines marking out the volute. The I pared away the waste, smoothing the back of the block at the same time using my bench chisel.
stevenbunn Sat, 04/23/2016 - 08:47

Tracy Carved Knuckle Hand Rest (Cont'd)

 

Turn the hand-rest over and round over the corners of the glued-up block.
stevenbunn Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:49

Making a Tracy Carved Knuckle Hand-Rest (Cont'd)

 

Clamp the arm bow to the bench. The chop and pare away the waste to start forming the round knuckles.
 
To do this, I set the arm on a spacer made from scrap to help clamp the bow firmly to the bench. I am using a 3/4 inch wide chisel and mallet to chop out the waste quickly. Then paring the block down to meet the mark out lines drawn earlier.
stevenbunn Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:34

Making a Tracy Carved Knuckle Hand-Rest (Cont'd)

 

Sketch in the shape of the volute on both sides of the hand-rest.
 
The volute is drawn with a black marker for the sake of clarity. Pencil lines are fine. I  marked the centers of the ends of the block with a cross, then carried the lines around all sides of the block. This will help keep the barrel of the knuckle body symetrical as you round it.
stevenbunn Fri, 04/22/2016 - 07:19

Making a Tracy Carved knuckle Hand-rest (Cont'd)

 

Trim the over-sized lower block to match the profile sketched on the hand-rest using the bandsaw.

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