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  • Featherston chair

    I'm very happy to have been able to work on this one. Although this is a later model Featherston, they really are an icon of mid-century Australian design.

    First up, turning the legs

    Oops, ah yes the joinery... the tenon was cut on the panel saw, then a small piece with the same angle was glued back into the top for turning. I thought it the quickest way for the angles on the back legs especially, as the legs are a bridle joint onto frame, this glued in piece will be cut out later on.

    Paring the inside of the sawn mortise / bridle to the correct, flat angle... back onto the lathe

    Rough spindle turned and ready for shaping.

    Using a parting tool I cut down to the required diameter for the base of the leg, this helps to define the overall taper.

    With the rear leg finished time for a test fit on the rail, looks pretty good.

    This is the half lap frame for the base. The cross half joint was cut by hand with a Japanese saw and fitted together with minimal need for paring with a chisel.

    Close up of the frame joinery.

    Sorry, no pics of the glue up, here it is all together.

    With the glue up complete, I fitted some period-correct corner blocks to help support the cross half joint.

    The base was sanded and stained to match that used on the original. A coat of danish oil and then a coat of hardwax oil was applied, much nicer than a lacquer in my opinion.

    Fitting the base to the seat, as you can see the next stage of restoration for this particular chair is some new upholstery.

    Finished! Another happy customer