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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Seat Shaping

These pictures show shaping a seat starting by hand planing the blank flat then carving out a seat with the inshave and travisher and finally using a spokeshave. These are the same tools used to make all the antique Windsor Chairs and they still work, probably better, than most power tools we have today. Plus, you don't get those cool looking hand tools marks if you use a sander to smooth it up. Hand tool work is really not as hard as most poeple think, if, the tools are sharp and tuned up. They really can make quick work if you use them right and can read the grain direction, and the only noise is that sweet swooshing sound the tool makes from the contact with the wood.

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