The multi-purposed 2x4 Winter 2008 #2: A bit of gluing. A bit of shaping.

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 01-10-2008 01:22 AM 1618 reads 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Roughing it out. Part 2 of The multi-purposed 2x4 Winter 2008 series Part 3: The last lap »

Today, it’s some work on the back bow or arm of the chair as well as the seat itself. I’m starting by roughing out the profile of the two forward components of the arm. They’ll be connected by a third piece that will be stabilised during glueing with (pine!) biscuits.




All three are bridged by a strengthening crest rail:


A satisfying part of chairmaking to me(during which I turn down the workshop heating, thus improving my carbon footprint!!) is the sculpting of the seat. Most of the waste is removed with my travisher, followed by a curved scraper and then various grades of abrasive. The pine was, of course, much much easier on my ‘aged’ muscles than the traditional elm!






The end of a perfect day! More balancing of the seat on wobbly legs tomorrow (& standing back to see what it’ll look like), followed, maybe by some drilling and more glue. Lovely.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 01-10-2008 01:33 AM

Two things keep me from building chairs I find comfortable, 1 – a stable back with the proper angle and 2 – sculpting the seat so it’s not just a flat board. Is there some “standard” for seat sculpting, or is it a personal thing? And who was the original modelled after?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 01-10-2008 01:43 AM

I’ll be setting this one at around 102 degrees between the seat and the back Russel. You’ll probably detect from the above pictures that I just sketched in, by eye, the extremity of the hollowing; didn’t bother with a marking gauge. I’ve never come across any guidelines or standard. I’m not saying who mine was modelled after; you’ll have to do some research & seek out your own! <g>

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#3 posted 01-10-2008 02:02 AM

Very nice looking. I can’t wait

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-10-2008 02:27 AM

Amazing the way all these 2 X 4’s are turning into masterpieces. Nice work, excited to see the end product.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 01-10-2008 04:06 AM


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 01-10-2008 04:09 AM

That is awesome!

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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Bob Babcock

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#7 posted 01-10-2008 04:17 AM

Very cool Stewart…inspiring. I hope I can get mine started. I love that shave.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 01-10-2008 05:21 AM

Stewart. Great progress on your 2X4 project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 01-10-2008 07:19 AM

Really cool. I doubt many folks expected to see a chair as a by-product of a 2×4. As usual, Stewart, you are raising the bar. Thank you.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#10 posted 01-10-2008 07:29 AM

Wow, that’s just great! I’m really looking forward to seeing your chair emerge from a single 2×4

-- Paul, Texas

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#11 posted 01-10-2008 11:42 AM

Fascinating. Good step-by-step, Stewart.

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#12 posted 01-10-2008 11:52 AM

woo hooo.. awesome

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 01-10-2008 03:24 PM

Lookin’ good, Stewart

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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