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The multi-purposed 2x4 Winter 2008 #3: The last lap

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 01-10-2008 08:59 PM 1302 reads 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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An intensive day. I was determined to complete the job today, so I was out there bright and early, ‘garmented up’ against the cold. I first balanced the seat on a suitable block of wood and held the legs in different places until I was happy with the positions and angle. Then, using this home-made angle thingy and some pencil marks, I was able to drill the holes in the right place at the chosen angle. An extra pair of hands helps immensely with this!

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Cutting a slot for the wedge in the leg tenon:
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A really satisfying bit of this job is hammering in the wedges
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All four legs in place:
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Some shaping and sanding of the arm bow and then holding it in place with a quickly made rig:

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Drilling the four back holes through the arm bow at 102 degrees, and then into the seat:

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The last few holes for the side sticks, into the seat:

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Hanging together loosely. I do like the style of the comb-back stick chair and I particulary like to see the long sticks curving inwards to the crest. I was concerned that the pine wouldn’t cope with the bending, but it all seems fine.

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And here are the scraps I had left over from the 8’ of 2×4…

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I’m now engaged in the finishing process. For speed, I’m using a water based varnish, rubbing down between coats. I’ll give an overall wax polish maybe tomorrow.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems



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Russel

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#1 posted 01-10-2008 09:22 PM

Very impressive. A nice looking chair and all from a 2×4. What was the final height after all was said and done?

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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YorkshireStewart

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#2 posted 01-10-2008 09:28 PM

It’s 32” Russel, and the seat is 12” off the floor. Great for older grandchildren.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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GaryK

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#3 posted 01-10-2008 09:38 PM

Great job! Looks like you got a lot done in a short time.

Trying to get out of the cold, huh?

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

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rpmurphy509

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#4 posted 01-10-2008 09:41 PM

What a great chair!

I’m amazed again and again what you all are coming
up with using just a 2×4. Great design and implementation.

-- Still learning everything

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 01-10-2008 09:57 PM

dang, this is impressive!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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TomFran

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#6 posted 01-10-2008 10:31 PM

Stewart, You must this stuff look easy! That’s because you’re good at it. Nice work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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mot

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#7 posted 01-13-2008 01:44 AM

I was just showing this to my wife, Stewart. She said, “From a 2×4?” Pretty impressive. I keep coming back to this as it’s probably one of the best demonstrations of what one can do with simple materials, that I’ve ever seen.

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

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rikkor

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#8 posted 01-13-2008 01:49 AM

Stewart, if you don’t have room for the bandsaw you can keep it here. You will be free to use it any time.

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YorkshireStewart

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#9 posted 01-13-2008 11:53 AM

It may be a very mixed metaphor but I’m not counting my chickens and the fat lady hasn’t burst into song yet!! Thanks, nevertheless for all your wonderful praise and for terrific laughs I’m having from your humour.
Just brilliant!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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mrtrim

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#10 posted 01-13-2008 02:11 PM

no no no dont even consider leaving the bandsaw at rikkors ! now its going to be about 78 degrees here in st pete today, so you can come here and use your saw in your knickers and t shirt , or go to rikkors and its long underwear and a snow shovel !! lol now i would never start a rumor but i hear gary k is building a scale model of the vatican !

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 01-13-2008 02:25 PM

haha
you got that right, YS… the contest isn’t over until it’s over and I am sure that there are some top secret projects being created that will also be very impressive!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 01-13-2008 02:38 PM

Thats what I call ingenuity Stewart. I really, really like it.

How much sleep did you lose while dreaming this one up?

I’m sure you won’t let any of the scrap go to waste.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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rikkor

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#13 posted 01-13-2008 02:40 PM

I think he’ll be turning a model of the Queen Mary with the scrap.

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