A new dining room set for my wife! #25: Finishing finally done! Now assembly Begins

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-25-2011 05:20 PM 1932 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 24: No, I'm not just messing around. I'm finishing up. Part 25 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 26: Corners done and bottoms up next. »

It seemed like the sanding and sanding and sanding again; applying finish over and over again would never end, but it finally did!

Now back to the fun part. Assembly!

Here are the legs all finished

And one stack of the backs. You will notice no poly finish on the inside and parts that will get glue during assembly.

The first thing I did was to assemble the front legs to the front apron. I did this first because it was easy and secondly
it would make the final glue up real easy also.

You see here that only two sets of clamps were needed for the final assembly.

This angle really gives you a good view of the curved back and the lumbar support.

Also to make sure that everything was glued up square I made a jig that I clamped to the back apron. It fits tightly between the back legs. There is a gap between the front legs so that if needed, I could add a cross clamp to being it into square by making the gaps even. Actually I make it a little uneven to allow for some spring back once the clamps are removed.

Lastly I used some very smooth thin pieces of wood under the clamps in the back. They would conform the curves in the backs of the legs without leaving marks, as the clamps would.

Next I will add the corner blocks and the chair seat. Getting close!

-- 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 05-25-2011 05:31 PM

Very nice workmanship Gary, we love your work up here in Maine..

-- Ralphie Maine

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#2 posted 05-25-2011 06:07 PM

Looking great! I know this has to be a fun project and like most fun projects…I know you must enjoy every moment of its construction.

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#3 posted 05-25-2011 06:11 PM

Gary these are looking awesome! You make it loos so easy! I can’t wait to see the finished product

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 05-25-2011 06:22 PM

classic and cool

as always

-- 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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#5 posted 05-25-2011 06:23 PM

Gary, nice job on the finish. I know that this is not your favorite part of the build on the chairs but it looks pretty good to me.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 05-25-2011 06:54 PM

Yeah Man… you are getting closer & closer…

You are doing a wonderful job!

Thank you again for the updates…

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

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#7 posted 05-25-2011 06:54 PM

excellent work Greg, thank you for the informative posts

-- Next to hunting I love woodwork best,,,,,or is that the other way around????

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#8 posted 05-25-2011 06:55 PM

Really amazing. What an enormous project.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 05-25-2011 07:20 PM

Amazing work Gary! Love the color and your design looks great! I look fwd to the next post.

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

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#10 posted 05-25-2011 07:24 PM

Wow. Simply Wow…

I am again humbled by the extraordinary capabilities of craftsmen like yourself.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 05-25-2011 07:27 PM

Very nice Gary.
Man, you do some nice work.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 05-25-2011 07:49 PM

It is amazing that you can undertake to make this style of furniture. You are a gem of a wood worker. Eagerly waiting to see the final dining set.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 05-25-2011 11:42 PM

Really looking good Gary.

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

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#14 posted 05-26-2011 04:03 AM

Great looking Gary! I am sure your wife and family will enjoy this for years to come.
Can’t wait to see the final pictures.

-- Chuck

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#15 posted 05-26-2011 05:34 AM

Man, that mahogany reallt pops once its sanded and a bit of finish is applied. When should I be there for the dinner/unveiling?

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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