Thought I bought lumber for two chairs. Made double the cuts and got part of the way through before I realized that I had not doubled the materials. Trip to Lowes Depot this morning and a lot of fumbling through the junk boards got me enough to hopefully do all the cuts I need.
I love Mr Thiel’s book but I’ve got one minor quibble. There’s no cut diagram in the book and the book is targeted for beginner (at least I hope it is since I’m totally a beginner). It could be that the publisher cut it out or that the authors of these books don’t know what raw stock lengths someone might buy, but when there’s a couple of dozen 1×3 cuts to be made with various lengths it would be helpful if these books made assumptions.
I think one safe assumption is that people who are doing beginner projects have to move the lumber in their sedans. To me, that usually means 8’ lumber. If it fits into my Ford Focus there can’t be too many cars it would not fit into.
Another thing for cut lists is that it would be nice if they were grouped by size of materials so that all of the 1×3, all of the 1×4’s and all of the 1×6’s were grouped together. I do put the lists into EXCEL and I can filter the list, but why should I need to do that?
I like to see lists of tools needed for beginner projects. I didn’t realize I would need to get a Forstner bit until the second trip. After all, who reads the directions until you are ready to actually start working. Somebody with basic tools doesn’t have one of those. I’m glad I bought a set, because I can use it for other stuff.
For me, this outdoor Morris Chair is a warm-up for a real indoor Morris chair. I realize that the techniques are almost totally different, but need to hone my skills by doing something. I figure I can use the chairs inside until I make the indoor ones and then they have a natural spot on my back porch.
To that end, I’m stumped about whether to stain/poly this thing or go to paint. Do I need to use outdoor stain and poly? I assume I can’t paint it once it’s been poly coated. I like the looks of stained wood. It’s all cheap dimensional pine and I did get the cleanest pieces I could find… I am assuming if I stain I need wood conditioner since I put in double doors and got a blotchy result when I stained them. At $450 I’m not going to change the doors now.
-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.