In my last post I mentioned that I was going to war. I’ve never been to an overnight medieval reenactment so this is itself is pretty far outside of my comfort zone.
Then, I was politely told that my orange Roots lawn chair could be frowned upon at campfire because it wasn’t “period”. Nobody would’ve tried to take my head or anything but I have no interest in offending anyone’s sensibilities so…I am making a wooden chair.
Here are the structural members. The cross pieces are walnut and the leggy/uprighty things are ash. You may notice the lack of round wooden bits. Yeah, there is not a single element of woodturning in this chair.
Obviously this chair does not fit the style of any medieval realm but it’s wood and that’s good enough for most people.
Here you can see the seat has been glued in place and the back starting to form. My original intent was to use old-fashioned cut nails to secure all it the cross pieces. Cut nails are far superior to the wire nails of today. Their wedging action against end-grain fibers makes them far more secure. Plus, they look pretty cool and would have added a “period” feel to the piece. Unfortunately, they were too much of a pain to hammer in as so much of the wood is unsupported. So, I pegged the slats down with dowels.
Aaaaannnnd it’s done. Well, sort of. At this point it doesn’t have a finish on it and I still need to do the top piece for the back. It will have some kind of design pyro’d in but I’m not sure exactly what yet. We’ll see.
Once it is done in its entirety, I will be posting pictures.
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