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Berea Ladderback
12-Week Build Instructions
  • Mill your parts (or order them from the Student Store)

  • Steam bend your rear legs and slats

  • Make the Slat Mortising Jig

  • Prepare the bent blanks for slat mortising

  • Cut the slat mortises in the rear legs

  • Make the V-Block

  • Build the Light Bulb Kiln

  • Sharpen your Draw Knife and Spokeshave

  • Prepare the rung blanks for drying in the light bulb kiln

  • Shape a practice leg

  • Make a flexible stick

  • Shape the rear legs

  • Make the mortising platform and risers

  • Prepare your turning stock

  • Turn the dummy parts

  • Make the joy stick

  • Turn the rungs

  • Turn the front legs (can be done now or in Week 6)

  • Prepare the arm blanks for drying in the light bulb kiln

  • Get the arm pin blanks into the kiln

Break | Sept 30-Oct 6, 2024

  • I'm teaching a class at my shop this week - This would be great time to get caught up on any unfinished tasks

  • No tasks due this week

  • No meetings this week

  • I'll be checking the Forum on a regular basis - If you have a question, post it there

  • Drill the rear rung mortises

  • Fit and shape the slats

  • Front leg shaping

  • Arm shaping - Phase 2

  • Turn the arm pins

  • Final rear leg shaping

  • Build the assembly jig

  • Drill the front rung mortises

  • Drill the side rung mortises in the rear legs

  • Assemble the front panel

  • Drill the side rung mortises in the front panel

Break | Oct 28-Nov 3, 2024

  • I'm teaching a class at my shop this week - This would be great time to get some finish on your assembled frame

  • No tasks due this week

  • No meetings this week

  • I'll be checking the Forum on a regular basis - If you have a question, post it there

  • Main assembly

  • Pin the slats

  • Install the Arms

  • Level the Chair

  • Weave the seat​ with Hickory Bark

  • Weave the Seat with Split Reed

  • Graduation!

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