A new dining room set for my wife! #22: The crest rail addition. Filling it up.

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-13-2011 10:51 PM 1600 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 21: Top of the chair, Mate! Part 22 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 23: Finishing up the back. »

Now you get to see the complete addition to the top of the chair.

It gave me a chance to use my most warped bowed board. Since I was going to cut it into such short lengths it wouldn’t be bad at all. Especially since it will be framed inside the dados from the part I made in the last post.

Here you can see the finished product. I resawed the boards, planed them and cut them to the shape you see.

Here it is all installed. I thought that the top parts looked a little clunky and big, so I cut some material off the dado side to make it thinner. (I did this before they were glued up. Compare it to the last picture and you’ll see what I mean.

Now I couldn’t just leave it at that could I? I drew up a template and glued it to a piece of 1/2” MDF. Then to the scroll, spindle sander and hand sanding to end up with what you see below.

Then I glued and brad nailed 3 pieces of wood to it. This allowed me to hold the wood in place while I used the router table on it. Don’t let go!

Using a pattern following bit (the bearing on the shank end) I milled an oval cavity.

After everything is finished and I get the time, I plan on making an insert to stick in there. I haven’t decided exactly what it will be yet.

Then flipping the jig upside down and using a flush trim bit, I milled out the openings on either side of the oval.

And finally you get to see what it will look like completed. Here it is with the thinner top rail parts.

Now since there’s not really a good joint when I attach this, and with the tendency of people to grab the top of the chair to move it, in the next post I’ll show how I’ll reinforce it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 10:55 PM

Nice work Gary. Keep plugging away, they are really turning out great!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 11:07 PM

So much inspiration with each post…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 11:20 PM

it just keeps getting better and better

a real cliffhanger series

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 11:40 PM

Keep a chugging, CHoo-Chooo !!!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 05-14-2011 12:15 AM

This is so much fun to follow along.
They are looking really nice. I am impressed.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 05-14-2011 12:29 AM

Thanks for such a great reference series! This will be enjoyed years to come.

-- Jeff, Dayton, OH

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#7 posted 05-14-2011 01:17 AM

Gary: nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 05-14-2011 02:19 AM

WOW… this is very interesting!

At first, when I saw your addition ideas, it looked like the chairs were going to have wings around the ears (like old-time chairs had).

Now, I see that that only went across the top…

When I first saw the Oval, I thought “Oh a handle to move the chair…
... Now, I see the Oval solid… no handle…

Now, I’m thinking an Inlay of some sort…

... and the suspense continues… LOL

Thank you… this is GOOD!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 05-14-2011 02:24 AM

I’m truly amazed – great post

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#10 posted 05-14-2011 02:59 AM

What a huge job. You’re doing just great and the blog is excellent as well. But we really have to be on our toes to keep up. I blinked and missed two posts :-)
I do love a “get ‘er done” attitude.

Just great work Gary.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#11 posted 05-14-2011 03:12 AM

Joe Lyddon – I had originally thought the make the top with the oval through to use as a handle, but decided not to. I felt that it would give someone too much leverage on the top part of the back that would lead to the joint weakening over time. I can’t have that, now can I?

And as I said in the post I will at some point add an insert with something on it. Perhaps my initials or the date or something else entirely.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 05-14-2011 06:00 AM

Gary – I have been following your posts – really incredible stuff – 2 centuries from now, people will be admiring your work….........thanks for all the posts.


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#13 posted 05-20-2011 02:37 PM

Well done, I like the design.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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