It didn''t take long for me to realise that the worms had been in residence for quite a long time!
From the outside there are not too many holes, you'd think that it wasn't too bad - until you see the inside of the wood - just a honeycomb is left! So this leads you on to check all areas around the wormy wood just in case more of the frame is affected and so you end up chasing the damage further and further, making the workload bigger and bigger!
This is the replacement rail in progress.
First the new rail was "blocked out" and then roughly hewn to shape.
Then the slightly oval ends were turned on the lathe.
The remains of the honeycomb of wood need to be taken out carefully before the chair can be put together again!
So eventually number one of four is back together and we start on number two with the missing spindles.
Two new copies made from old wood. For once I really enjoyed making these because we've got a new toy now, an electronic Vernier gauge and it is brilliant! It's so much more accurate than the old manual ones.
Then the chair had to come apart so that I could fit them, easier said than done! It's guaranteed that there will always be one joint that will not come apart no matter what! Anyway about two hours later I could get on with the fitting and colour matching.
Luckily the other two frames only needed to be reglued. So after an overnight rest....
........all that needs to be done is the easy bit, to put some rush on those seats!