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

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« 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 2386 days ago

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 2386 days ago

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 2386 days ago

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 2386 days ago

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 2386 days ago


-- 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 2386 days ago

That is awesome!

-- Jamie, Kentucky

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Bob Babcock

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#7 posted 2386 days ago

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 2386 days ago

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 †

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#9 posted 2386 days ago

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 2386 days ago

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 2386 days ago

Fascinating. Good step-by-step, Stewart.

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#12 posted 2386 days ago

woo hooo.. awesome

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 2385 days ago

Lookin’ good, Stewart

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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