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Thread: More Windsor chairs - a bright spot during the pandemic!

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    I have a set of carbide brad points, but apparently the carbide bits cannot be ground to a sufficient angle to give a clean entry. I just discovered that after three chairs!! I don’t use a brace and bits - just not that dedicated to traditional tools for that type of task. I hope the LV HSS bits will be an improvement.

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    John, really nice looking chair. Such a build is kind-of-sort-of on my bucket list. At present, I don't even have a lathe, so I probably need to go that route first. How green is the maple that you used on your most recent chair?

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    Lots of people love those bits. I must have gotten a bad one. I bought the 5/8” and did not find it cut well at all. I assume operator error if I have a problem with Lee Valley products, but it feels like mine was dull when received.

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    Prashun, my guess is somebody dulled it ...and sent it back.

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    Joe, thanks for the comments. The maple had been cut for perhaps a year or more and the outer sapwood had spalted some. However, it was about 32” in diameter and quite wet inside. When we cut the 36” long section I got, we cut off about 3 feet of the end to get rid of checking that had occurred.

    Here are current pics of the sack back status. Getting ready to work on the crest rail. I thought I had the iPhone pics rotated, but it appears they may still be sideways. Sorry!
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    John, outstanding work!! Always amazed at your finished projects, whether hollow forms, furniture, or chairs, your eye for detail is to be commended! Thanks for sharing!!
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    Thanks Steve!

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