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Blog series by TungOil updated 10-15-2017 02:28 AM 7 parts 6945 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: Material Preparation

10-06-2017 03:12 AM by TungOil | 7 comments »

Now that my Thorsen inspired dining table is complete (you can see the BLOG here), it is time to turn my attention to a set of chairs. Since I have never built a chair, I decided to enroll in the Gamble House Side Chair class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana. Many will know the instructor, Bob Lang, who is not only a Lumber Jocks member but has authored several books and was editor of Popular Woodworking magazine for many years. The chair design is based on the side chairs in...

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Part 2: Marc Adams School, Day 1

10-10-2017 01:20 AM by TungOil | 6 comments »

Today was day one of the six day Gamble House side chair class at the Marc Adams school of Woodworking in Indiana. After 10 hours driving from Eastern Pennsylvania, I was happy to get a good night rest last evening and get started on this chair. Marc has a very large school and there are at least four classes going on simultaneously. Our instructor, Bob Lang, was asked to fill in for George Knutson who was unable to teach the class as originally planned. Bob was able to get the original...

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Part 3: Marc Adams School, Day 2

10-11-2017 01:41 AM by TungOil | 5 comments »

Today we continued to work on the components for the back leg assembly. After tracing the outline of the components on the sapele using the templates, I roughed out the parts on the bandsaw. There is a significant amount of bandsaw work just in the parts for the back assembly alone. The crest rail is the most time consuming part to make. The mortises for the floating tenons were made first using the multi-router, while the part was still square. Next, I affixed the template to the ...

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Part 4: Marc Adams School, Day 3

10-12-2017 12:53 AM by TungOil | 7 comments »

After cleaning up the parts with the ROS, I dry fit the back assembly to see how everything fit. With that much of the chair dry fit, we moved on to fabricating the angled side aprons. The first step is to lay out the mortises on the back and front legs. The front legs have an angled face that has not been cut yet, so the front face cant be used to locate the mortise. I must locate the mortise from the inside edge of the leg. To do this, I work out the location by laying out the ...

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Part 5: Marc Adams School, Day 4

10-13-2017 01:14 AM by TungOil | 5 comments »

Today I finished up the second tenon for the lower stretcher, then cut mortises with the Domino 500. This was my first time using the Domino. Once set up it’s a fool-proof method for cutting the mortises. I did another quick dry assembly to be sure the lower stretcher parts fit together nicely. With the lower stretcher out of the way, I start working on the curved back slats. The back slats will be assembled with dominos, have angled ends where they meet the apron and ...

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Part 6: Marc Adams School, Day 5

10-14-2017 12:21 AM by TungOil | 7 comments »

Today I finished up the center back slat by cutting the mortises for the dominos. Most of the mortises could be cut with the Domino machine, but the two mortises on the underside of the crest rail had to be cut by hand since the domino machine would not fit inside the opening. To cut these mortises I first drilled out the majority of the waste on the drill press then cleaned up the mortise with a chisel. With the mortises cut I tested the fit of the center back slat. It took quite ...

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Part 7: Marc Adams School, Day 6

10-15-2017 02:28 AM by TungOil | 5 comments »

Today was the last day of class. Bob Lang covered several points on installing the ebony plugs and bars in the center back slat. Bob also did a detailed demonstration on techniques for doing the Greene & Greene style round overs, which have some nuance beyond simply running a quarter round bit over the exposed edges. Often the protruding corners on G&G furniture have an extra amount of rounding, almost giving the piece a worn appearance. It is s subtle detail that could go unnot...

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