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"Old Style" Old Town Seat

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by Dave Osborn, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Has anybody ever made old style Old Town Seats with the larger radius like,in the photo. image.jpg
    If so, what size round over router bit did you use? None of mine quite match up....
  2. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Yes, and I don't know, but it must have been a std size, ie, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4 as that's all I have.

    What is the radius on the frame?

  3. Jan Bloom

    Jan Bloom LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I used the 3/4 round over then adjusted the curve with a block plane before assembly. Minor changes were required after assembly.
  4. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams all wood nut


    This was my response to this problem. I had a couple of bits custom made. (I work in a tool store. Employee discount ROCKS!)
  5. dtdcanoes

    dtdcanoes LOVES Wooden Canoes

    OYE, I only have hand tools..........rasps, small planes and a ZENNER for getting everything straight, Dave
  6. Paul Scheuer

    Paul Scheuer LOVES Wooden Canoes

    What appears to be a larger radius might be an elliptical treatment (more elegant, in my opinion). That could made using a small radius router bit set deeper to cut a rabbet, which could then be planed away and blended to form the ellipse. My Morris seats have that detail. The picture seems to me to show a 45 degree chamfer East and West of the caning. That could be an illusion.
  7. OP
    Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Thanks for the replies! The form seems to be more oval than round....
    A round over bit with hand work or a good buddy in Nevada seem to be the best bet to recreate this profile.
  8. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams all wood nut

    Ha! You corrected, so I had to edit. There will be a day or two delay getting them out. I've gotta hit the bearing shop tomorrow. We were out of the right size.
  9. Paul Scheuer

    Paul Scheuer LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Woodcraft at has "Table Edge" router bits, (items 129678 D=2-1/2"& 129679 D=1-3/16"), that seems to be the elliptical shape. Page 36 of their Feb 2016 catalog.
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    Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Thanks Paul! Just got that catalog!!
    See you at Canoecopia?

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