Seat Weaving

Seat weaving begins with warping the chair, that is, wrapping the initial course of strips in one direction before the crosswise interlacing. Both bark and wood swell when they absorb water and will shrink back when they dry, so dip the splits in water just until they are easy to work.

Taper down one end of the first strip and catch it around one of the back stretchers. Bring it around under the front stretcher and loop back, pulling tight as you go around and around. When a strip runs out, make your splice on the underside of the seat. Bark is pliant enough to tie in a knot. Oak and ash will need a hook-and-eye splice or short overlaps lashed with string. With hickory, you may want to keep the outside of the bark facing up and out. When the bark dries, it will crown and make a seat that is more comfortable than, and just as attractive as, the smoother-surfaced but cupped-in inner face.

When you have wrapped the chair from front to back (or side to side) turn under and around one of the back posts and start the weave. In the herringbone pattern, each weaving strip goes over two and under two warp strips—but begins one step out of phase on each pass. Begin the first pass by going under two, the second pass by going under one, on the third go over two, and on the fourth go over one. Beat your seat tight as you work. Repeat this sequence to complete the weave in long diagonals on a seat to last a century.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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