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The Arms

We select and mark the rocking chair arms in pairs  (with their back legs) for matching figure, color, and character.

we select and mark the rocking chair arms in pairs
we develop the parts to accurate thickness, width, and length  

We develop the parts to accurate thickness, width, and length — to simple, rectilinear solids that will end up neither simple nor rectilinear.

The accurate thickness, width, and length give us known planes on which to index the development of the complex shape.

we cut the tenon cheeks at the tablesaw  

We cut the tenon cheeks at the tablesaw, using a fixture to hold the arm.

We cut the tenon shoulders at the tablesaw with crosscut guide and stop block.

we cut the tenon shoulders at the tablesaw
we cut on the line with the bandsaw  

With patterns, we draw the profile. We cut on the line with the bandsaw — the more free-flowing, and faultless the cutting, the less labor the sanding.

We use a carriage and fence to cut the forearm relief.

we use a carriage and fence to cut the forearm relief
at the chair back sander we remove the bandsaw marks  

At the chair back sander we remove the bandsaw marks and true the curves.  Skill at the bandsaw saves lots of time here.

at the pump sander we sculpt and soften the surface  

At the pump sander we sculpt and soften the surface.


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