Thursday, August 19, 2010


I wanted to show the bird cage arm chair before painting. Curtis Buchanan said he uses epoxy on the false miter joint seen below. I decided to try this even though I had reservations of using the stuff. Once glued this way there is no turning back. It worked wonderful and closed any gap I may of had. The joint is a 3/8'' turned tenon into a blind mortise on the top rail. I have run the post through the rail with a wedge in the past but I like the clean look of this method much better.
I haven't coompletey decided on a color scheme yet for this chair. With all the gutters carved in the seat and v-grooves on the turnings I know I will accent these in some way. Stay tuned.


  1. That chair has comfort wrote all over it, are the back posts steam bent? and is it possible to post a hand sketched front and side view noting angles, arm and seat heights / lengths etc, also have the back spindles got a bend in them ?, sorry for all the questions. I can see you have a couple of seat blanks glued up , Im looking forward to seeing these take place, cheers

  2. MiM,
    The back post are steam bent maple. All the spindles and back post come out of the seat at 90 degrees. The spindles are steam bent and with the back post give the back its shape. I will try to get you some measurements later. The glued up blanks are butternut for some bird cage side chairs.

  3. Thanks for that Greg, its good to learn the holes are drilled at 90 degrees, I never knew this = lesser room for error than drilling at angles, why didnt I think of that ?, now (tonight ) I will be daydreaming about which chairs I can introduce this method into, aah the chair bug , cheers , MiM.