Splat is a funny word for a flat vertical back pieces in a chair — flat but not necessarily straight. For comfort, they should not be straight. Spindles, round vertical back pieces, are uncomfortable because of the concentrated pressure of the narrow bearing surfaces. Our splats support your back along its natural curve and are wide enough to bear without pressure.
The curve of the back splats of a Weeks Rocker® is precise. The splats must be produced true to this line. We choose a block of wood that will make at least four splats — a piece of wood with straight grain and with its growth rings perpendicular to the edge that will become the face of a splat. We draw a line with a pattern and cut just outside the line with the bandsaw.
We clamp the block of wood in a carriage to guide it at the shaper where the accurate curve is produced.
With the help of a marking gauge and a point guide clamped to the bandsaw table, we cut a splat from the block, at the same time making a rough cut for the face of the next splat.
And so on we go: One of us truing the face of a splat at the shaper, and one of us sawing the splat from the block at the bandsaw.
We sand out the milling marks and fit the thickness of the splat at our shop-built chairback sander.
We round over the edges on the router table.