Sometimes Things Go Your Way…

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9 thoughts on “Sometimes Things Go Your Way…

    • Oh it was more than three. I just limited the pictures.

      I think it could have been a few different things but I can’t say for sure exactly why. I had let the wood dry for awhile, so that could be one reason, maybe? This tree was cut down in my back yard in the summer of 2013. I split it up then but it’s been drying since that time. So maybe I let it get too dry?

      It also had a few bug holes. So maybe bug damage?

      Finally, the way it broke shows signs of brashness. I don’t think this tree was very fast growing.

      So signs point to the wood itself not something I did. It was a backyard tree after all, and not the best example for this kind of work. It was an experiment though and it didn’t work. I’m only out time since the wood didn’t cost anything.

  1. When did the breaks occur? During final assembly or when you drove the tenons in, or…? We all learn from mistakes, sometimes it’s the best way to have a point driven home(no pun)
    Bill

    • During assembly of the front post subassembly to the rear post subassembly. Like I said above, the wood showed some signs of brashness, breaking straight across the grain, not splitting along it. It was a strange, unexpected way for it to break.

  2. It looks as if the chair rungs where (nearly) touching in the leg. I suppose you have oriented the grain of the rung in such a way that their swelling will not split the legs. That means that swelling of the rungs with the glue will exert vertical force in the leg.
    There is not much material left in the leg where the rungs nearly meet. On the other side it would not be the first chair with such a design. So there is something with the wood.
    What wood is it?
    Sylvain

    • Yeah it wasn’t a swelling issue. The sides of the rung tenons are relieved so they exert no pressure across the grain. All of the pressure is exerted along the grain, in line with the post. And that is the way they broke. They didn’t actually split along the grain. They actually snapped directly across the grain like a pretzel stick. So it was most certainly an issue with the wood.

      The wood was red oak riven from a tree that was taken down in my back yard in the summer of 2013. It was not the best example of tree for this kind of work. Slow growing backyard hardwood trees rarely are. Too much early wood compared to the late wood. But I tried it anyway. I had nothing to lose but time.

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