I’m getting to the smaller components for the shepherd’s chair now. This will be the front under-seat framing rail. The dogs in the bench top are great for this, half the battle is holding the stuff still to plane, the other half is stance and sweat. It was very warm yesterday, for Yorkshire, and the next two days are forecast to be hot too (read ‘too hot’). I’ll be milling out a coupe of larger items – crest rail and seat slabs and maybe the wings . I’m milling them on the quarter so they will be as good as riven. The oak butt I’m getting these from has some rather large limb junctions and riving could turn out to be too wasteful.
You can see end on how the above rail follows the rays on the finished face:
The back will be left as is because, being under the seat, it will not be seen, and the extra weight will add to my desired bottom-heavy balance to avoid tipping over.
The ray patterns are looking pretty good though: