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Juniper One Board Project Competition #2: So Now The Seat

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 01-12-2011 06:52 PM 4041 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Rules, concept and initial milling Part 2 of Juniper One Board Project Competition series Part 3: tenons on the legs and stretchers; leg subassembly & final glueup »

It’s a block, 10×14, and the proportions look about right. Material is right on track: I have the four legs and the four stretchers and a small block left over which may become angle braces where the legs meet the seat bottom—I’m just not sure.

The seat itself is ok. It is not quite flat, and I can get it flat, but I think it still will seem too thick. I am undecided whether to sculpt it some on the bottom side or top, or just take it down to 15/16 or so. Maybe relieve the edges with a bevel from the bottom to lighten the view.

I also wonder about the tenons appearing on the seat (through). That might be cool since the wood there is kinda bland for juniper. Four spots of end grain might be just the ticket. If it had a knot in the middle, it would be a quincunx pattern. Now there’s a word—quincunx—that rarely appears in conversation! It means “a pattern of five objects in a square or rectangle, in which one is in the center and the remaining are in the corners.” Now you know. Thank you, Merriam Webster, for your Word of the Day.

I was fortunate to get a board with few knots, and those are small—nothing that has thwarted design so far.

I have to force myself not to power through on this. Doing a little bit each day prolongs the fun.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"



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