A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Two

I glued and wedged the ash legs into the elm seat boards and when dry, began the saddling process.

My arms could be best described these days as ‘frangible’, so I used a series of carving discs mounted on an angry grinder to perform the donkeywork. I then followed up with a few swipes with a travisher and finally, scraped everything smooth (figs.1 & 2).

Fig. 1. Hollowed elm seat.

Fig. 2. The two chair bases… with tempting legs.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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9 Responses to A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Two

  1. ged says:

    May I ask why you hollowed the seats after fixing the feet?

    I also am suffering frangible arms after a life time of hard work, especially in the elbows – you have my sympathy. And so I found the “Arbortech Turboplane” very useful, if a little tricky to get the hang of.


    • Jack Plane says:

      Sometimes I attach the legs to the seat prior to hollowing it and on other occasions I hollow the seat first.

      Working at the bench, I can hold a seat board securely with just a holdfast and a dog; however, I performed the hollowing of these seats outdoors on a trestle so as not to create a mess indoors with the angry grinder.

      I can only clamp the seat to the trestle, so the preassembled legs act as stops to prevent the seat moving around. I bottomed this seat first. Different ways on different days.

      I start off with an Arbortech chainsaw type disc and follow that with a Saburr disc.



  2. Glen Luther says:

    Shame on you guys for using a powered tool for hollowing out the seats.

    Actually, I’ve been using one for 25 years. Not because I’m a wimp and afraid to do hard work or my arms are weak but I’m worried about chopping off my toes with a adze.


  3. Daniel Brummett says:

    Haha isn’t that just the way of things. Here I was thinking “excellent! maybe ole’ Jack Plane will have a brilliant, historically accurate, method to simplify hollowing out the saddle”. Angry Grinder then scrape it smooth…


    • Jack Plane says:

      Quite… and my maxim of never permitting a machine or power tool within two stages of a finished surface still applies.

      You can see my bottoming (Ooh-er missus!) in more detail here.



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