Rounding over the blank

Clamp the blank in a vise and use a drawknife to round over its edges. To begin, smooth the circumference of the blank and round over its underside, pulling the drawknife with the grain (above, left)-, reposition the blank in the vise as necessary. If you encounter a knot in the wood, cut around it gradually, rather than trying to hack through it with a single stroke. Then use the drawknife to form the flat lip on the top surface along the front edge of the blank, angling the cut at about 40° (above, right).

Gutter adze

3 Dishing out the seat

Once the circumference of the seat has been shaped, rough out the waste from the top surface using a gutter adze. Wearing steel-toed boots, step on the edges of the blank to hold it steady and chop out the sitting area from one side of the outline to the other (left). Try to cut with the grain, using short strokes. Make sure your feet are not in the path of the blade. Continue until you have cut about % inch deep in the center of the seat with a gradual slope from the center up to the sides and front and back edges.

4 Smoothing the seat

Secure the seat between two bench dogs on your workbench, protecting the sides with wood pads. Start with an inshave to smooth the rough surface left by the adze. Working from one side of the top surface to the other, hold the inshave with both hands and pull it toward you; always follow the grain (right). Use a convex spokeshave, or travisher, to refine the smoothness of the seat (photo, page 71).

Gutter adze

Drawknife

5 Shaping the lip

The lip at the front edge of the seat has a slight downward bevel. Working on one side of the seat's front edge at a time, use a small drawknife to cut the lip (right). For maximum comfort, the transition between the dished out portion of the seat and the bevels should be smooth and gradual. The same should be true of the transition between the bevels and the flat section around the circumference of the seat. Finish smoothing the lip with a spokeshave.

5 Carving the channel

Use a %-inch veiner to carve the channel that separates the seat's scooped-out top surface from the flat section around its circumference (left). This is a decorative groove designed to sharpen the transition between the curved and flat portions of the seat.

Drawknife

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