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Post-and-Rung Chair

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Woodworker: Michael Pekovich

Michael Pekovich crafted this traditional 18th-century chair from freshly cut oak. The pieces were split out of the green logs, then rough-shaped on a shaving horse. The key to this chair is the moist/bone-dry joinery. Rungs, dried to a moisture content of about 5%, are inserted into posts at 15% moisture content; as the rungs absorb moisture from the posts, they swell and lock tight in the joint. A seat of woven hickory bark completes the project. The chair is finished with boiled linseed oil.

Photo: Mark Schofield

Design or Plan used: Not specified

posted in: Reader's Gallery, period interpretation, rustic, Oak, Hickory Bark, Boiled Linseed Oil

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