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In the wood shop today #27: Dining chairs, Rocking chairs & table..... oh my!

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Blog entry by Canadian Woodworks posted 03-20-2014 05:22 PM 1358 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 26: Pulling off a bent lamination from the form, for a metal and walnut table base Part 27 of In the wood shop today series Part 28: Shop walk though - Dining chairs & a table....... Yay »

Just a quick video where I walk through my shop discussing the projects I’ve been working on.

http://youtu.be/XO8Ub3VQJ0s

Thanks for having a look!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com



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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 03-20-2014 11:17 PM

great update. It’s always a pleasure to see what you have going on in your shop.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 03-21-2014 12:28 AM

I remain totally wowed by ALL of your work! Thanks for the update.

The dining chair with the arms was totally spectacular as was the maple/wenge rocker!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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widdle

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#3 posted 03-21-2014 06:25 AM

Wow..very cool, and great style goin on there. That wenge and tiger maple was unreal…Good Work. do the thin rips go through a sander prior to glue up ?

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 03-21-2014 10:31 AM

Great shop, awesome work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Canadian Woodworks

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#5 posted 03-21-2014 12:23 PM

For the rockers I sand both sides to make the lamination’s 100% uniform.

For the back braces I drum sand just the 2 sides that are exposed to save some sanding time once glued up.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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danr

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#6 posted 03-21-2014 12:47 PM

Hello Paul,

I always like keeping up with your work. Very nice as always.

I have officially started on my rocker projects. I am pretty much following Hal’s plans/book. Making one from Cherry and one from Walnut. I am in the process of gluing up all of my back brace and rocker lams at the moment. For the Cherry rocker I am going with curly maple (front) and walnut (back) for the back braces. For the Walnut rocker I am going with Cherry (front) and curly maple (back) for the back braces. I’m not sure if this will work well or not but what the heck, I like it. I’m using Hal’s “modified” back brace design.

After cutting all the lams on the bandsaw, I thought that a power feeder would be the perfect tool for this. I see you have figured that out. If I were a production guy I would buy one also. I also have what I think would be a great idea for a back brace gluing jig / fixture. If I ever go into production, I will have one fabricated. The idea is that you would use an impact driver to tighten and loosen all of the clamping devices. It would speed things up big time.

Anyway,
Thanks again for the video.
danr

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Canadian Woodworks

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#7 posted 03-22-2014 04:18 AM

Good luck on your chairs, get back in the shop lot’s of work left to do!

For lamination gluing in a decent production manner I would first say vacuum bag and slow setting glue

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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danr

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 12:13 PM

Paul,

Yes, lots of work left to do.

I have a vacuum bag / system but I have not considered using it for back brace glue up. I guess that you could do multiples at the same time if your bending form was wide and your suction was strong enough. Interesting idea. I will have to experiment with this.

My idea was to use an arrangement similar to your existing set up but have the threaded clamping rods integrated into the fixture with hex head bolt heads on the top of each clamping rod. This way you could slide the back braces in from the end of the fixture and then just crank down on the hex head clamping rods with an impact driver. No fiddling / holding the C-clamps in place and no cranking down/up on each clamp by hand. The part of the fixture that is holding the threaded clamping rods would also act as a side to side guide to hold the lams from sliding around (thus eliminating the need for the vertical posts and quick grip clamps on the existing fixture).

Anyway, talk is cheap. Just kicking around some ideas.

danr

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