A Tale of Two Runners
After drying overnight in the clamps and cauls, I eagerly removed the seat blank from the clamps like a kid tearing into a present on Christmas morning. Thankfully, the clamping cauls worked perfectly and the seat blank stayed nice and flat while the glue dried. I'm super happy with how the glue lines turned out; tight and almost invisible.
This past weekend, I was able to start working on the first runner glue-up.
Once the first runner clamped and drying, I decided to start experimenting with some epoxy. I'll need to stabilize a knot hole, that's on the bottom side of the seat blank, with epoxy prior to carving it. The epoxy that I'm using is clear, so I'll need to add some color pigment. Big thanks to Mike Marian for hooking me up with some black and brown epoxy pigments to play with. Since I've never used this type of epoxy before, I thought it would be wise to test it out on some test scraps before using it on the actual seat blank.
After a fun day volunteering at Camp Casey today, I decided to glue up the second runner.
I'll let the second runner dry overnight and then I'll get to see if I end up with two matching runners. Fingers crossed!
With both runners now made, the only components that I have left to make are the two arms and the headrest. I'm quickly running out of "easy" parts to make and will be forced to move on to the "artistic" elements to refine each component. Like I've said since the beginning, I'm about 90% sure that I can pull this off...