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Garden Chair #7: The Seat - Part 2 (Finished)

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 03-21-2010 06:38 PM 4224 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I scooped out the chair seat today. The first three pics you can see the scooping that was on the original chair . . . it got deeper as it went back and shallower towards the rear.



I chucked up my ¼ spiral upcut bit in my plunge router and set it to 1/16 and made an “outline” of what needed to be cut. That black mat under the seat is some leftover non-slip matting used for tool chests.

I then switched the spiral for a ½ straight sit bit. After following the outline I dropped the bit about a 1/16 at a time and cleared the entire seat . . . then dropped it another 1/16 and cleared the seat . . . and so on. I got a little more aggressive as I got toward the middle. One thing that I realized is that router plate would end up riding on the cut section of the seat and not the flat part making little gouges and ridges all over the seat.

I then sharpened my chisels and started knocking down the high spots, smoothing the edges.

I then put a 40 grit paper in my ROS and started smoothing out the chisel marks. 40 grit certainly removes stock very quickly. Then I used a 60, 120, and foam sanding pad.

I then rounded over the edges of the seat. Looks pretty good to me. I’m happy with it.

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki



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ScienceNerd

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#1 posted 03-21-2010 06:51 PM

Nice job, Zuki! A set of barstools is on my do-someday list, and I’ve been pondering how to handle the seats. This method looks do-able to me.

Btw, I just stumbled upon your greenhouse posts on Friday. Consider me jealous. :)

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Zuki

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#2 posted 03-21-2010 09:51 PM

Tks. I used somewhat of a similar method on another chair I built. This way worked much better.

The greenhouse was fun and productive. It held up to the winter pretty well.

Cheers

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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#3 posted 03-22-2010 07:18 AM

Looking good.

-- Jim

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