Sculpting Rocking Chair Backlegs and Arms at the Edge Sander

We built our edge sander.  The sanding belt is driven by a wooden pulley (5” diameter x 8” high) on the right end of the machine in the picture below.  At the end of the machine opposite the drive pulley, the belt passes around a changeable “dead” head.  We have heads of different shape for different purposes.  The dead heads are clad with sheet metal and graphite-covered canvas to provide support and reduce friction.  With an 80 grit belt, we shape various sculpted furniture parts.  Austin is shown shaping a rocking chair backleg where it will be intersected by the chair arm.

Austin at the edge sander

In the photos below, you can see two different dead heads in play — or rather, at work.  On the left, the close-up is of the work shown above, that is: shaping the area where the arm joins the backleg.  You can see the mortise for that joint.  On the right, the larger radius dead-head provides a convenient shape for sculpting, or fairing, the arm where it will flow into the backleg.

Edge sander heads

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3 Responses to Sculpting Rocking Chair Backlegs and Arms at the Edge Sander

  1. Pingback: Fairing Arms to Back legs | Gary Weeks & Company, Furnituremakers

  2. Mari says:

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    • Gary Weeks says:


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