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Blog series by Grampa_Doodie updated 542 days ago 10 parts 33037 reads 56 comments total

Part 1: Introduction

610 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 6 comments »

This class will show you the steps that I took to build this really beautiful side chair designed by Mr. Kevin Rodel. Here’s a photo of just some of my chairs sitting around our kitchen table. I’ll be sharing several good things (and a few bad things) that evolved down in my shop while building ten of these gorgeous chairs. Hopefully you will walk away with a handful of tips that will make your chair building session a much more pleasant experience. I learned an unbelievabl...

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Part 2: The Back Splats

608 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 5 comments »

The Back Splats Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. Just to let you know where this class will be heading. I won’t be going into “great” detail on how to set up this tool or that tool. I also won’t be going too deep into the creation of each and every part. If I did…I’d be taking way too much of your precious time. Look at this class as a “tips and tricks that will hopefully make your chair building just a bit easier...

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Part 3: The Upper And Lower Crest Rails

587 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 8 comments »

The Upper & Lower Crest Rails Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. Now that you’ve completed your back splats, it’s time to create their future home. And that’s where the crest rails come into play. Seeing that these two parts are going to be readily seen from both front or back, I wanted to make sure that I picked out some really nice blocks of cherry with exceptionally beautiful grain. And I’m so glad I did. It see...

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Part 4: Front, Rear, and Side Rails.

568 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 4 comments »

Front, Rear, and Side Rails Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. I would have to say that the front, rear, and side rails were probably the second easiest set of parts to make…second only to the front legs. And that still might be a toss up. You just might find them to be the simplest “major” part of the chair to build. Before I get into the creation of the rails, I have to admit something right up front. For some ...

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Part 5: The Front Legs

562 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 1 comment »

The Front Legs Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. As mentioned in the previous class, the front legs just might be the easiest major part of the chair to create. I also mentioned in the “Introduction” part of this class that I chose to laminate two pieces of cherry for the front legs. So once I had my cherry stock laminated, all I needed to do was to bring that laminated stock down to 1 1/2 inches thick via the thickne...

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Part 6: The Rear Legs

559 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 3 comments »

The Rear Legs Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. Out of all of the chair’s parts, I won’t say the rear legs were the most difficult to create, however they were certainly the most involved. There are so many different things you’ll need to perform in order to complete these two very important parts. The very first thing I did was to trace and cut out a paper copy of the full-sized rear leg pattern found on Mr. Rodel’s ...

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Part 7: Lower Stretchers

551 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 8 comments »

The Lower Stretchers Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. Well ladies and gentlemen, I do believe we’re nearing the home stretch. The lower stretchers consist of 4 parts. Two stretchers that run from “front-to-back” between the front and rear legs, and then two stretchers that run in opposite direction “side-to-side” between those first two lower stretchers. Mr. Rodel’s chair plans call for a half-lap dovetail joint w...

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Part 8: The Floating Tenons

547 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 5 comments »

The Floating Tenons Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. As you’ve most likely noticed by now, I opted to go with “rounded over” mortise and tenon joinery as opposed to Mr. Rodel’s “squared” mortise and tenon joinery. The only reason I went this route was because I wanted to put my new Leigh Mortise and Tenon Jig to good use. I also decided to have “floating” tenons at all four corners the chair. The tenons that will eve...

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Part 9: The Final Assembly.

545 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 7 comments »

The Final Assembly…almost. Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. Final Assembly, the second from the last chapter in my “Kevin Rodel Side Chair” class. The final assembly is the stage I’ve been waiting a very, very long time to reach in my chair building project. Looking back I can’t even imagine how many hours I have invested in these wonderful chairs. And you know what? It really doesn’t matter. Over a year has pa...

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Part 10: The Seat Base & Corner Blocks

542 days ago by Grampa_Doodie | 9 comments »

The Seat Base & Corner Blocks Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. It was at this stage of the project that the excitement in my shop was so heavy it couldn’t be cut in two with a new chain saw. We’ve come a very long way…from boxes of parts…to a full set of chairs. I now had 10 assembled chairs scattered about my shop just waiting for their final parts. YeeHaw!! Wait a minute…that’s ...

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