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A Strategy for Woodworking #56: Chair Design, Please Sit

07-28-2015 11:46 AM by Gary Rogowski | 1 comment »

Chair design is a fairly new design concept. Read Witold Rybczynski’s book called Home and he points out that chairs were used only by royalty for centuries. The idea of comfort only came later on after the Middle Ages. The notion that people could sit unceremoniously slouched around a dinner table took a few more centuries to take hold. We discover the intricacies of chair design this weekend. Three days of design, engineering, and joinery. What a trio! On Day One we look into the n...

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End Table project #5: Narrow end came out of the clamps...

07-27-2015 10:37 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

And started to seperate at a couple joints! Ok, we have ways to deal with that. Clamps back on, to pull the parts back together. Then, to keep things in place, I have a little trick. Made sure that the side that was “up” was the inside of the panel. A few 5/8” long brads, three per joint, were driven in. I also, before the nails, flush the filler piece. Once all the nails were in and set, the sander took over. Everything nie and flat. Turned the panel over,...

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Nicholson style workbench #7: Apron dados are done

07-27-2015 10:25 PM by cfrance | 0 comments »

The weekend is gone and so are my long days in the garage. While I was at work I was trying to think of ways to make the dadoes easier to cut. I decided to try and make some relief cuts with the circular saw and break that out and then make only 1 pass with the router, since it makes the biggest mess I want to use it as little as possible. I don’t plan on putting any holes in the back apron, so I have my first finished part of this project. I still need to sand it and I can’t de...

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End Table project #4: The narrow end gets done

07-27-2015 04:03 PM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Well, at least it is now in a few clamps. Started off the day checking over the two side panels, now that they are out of the clamps….One was a bit wider at the bottom? Ok, scribed a line to match the other panel. Saw the extra stuff off. Rail was too long at the bottom. 1/4” down to 0” along one side. Dressed the saw marks with a plane. leveled the glue joints up. with a plane, and a sander with 60 grit pad. Got both looking spiffy, compared to last night...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1597: A Beautiful Day in My Neighborhood

07-27-2015 07:50 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I can think of many people who live in lovely places, yet sometimes take them for granted. I don't think we realize that we are doing this until for some reason or another (school, job, etc.) we are taken away from our homeland for any length of time and then return to it. It seems that we come 'home' and look at things with new eyes. We notice things that we hadn't paid attention to before. Things that were right there all the time. Coming from Chicago, I am perhaps more...

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Nicholson style workbench #6: Making progress with the legs.

07-26-2015 10:27 PM by cfrance | 2 comments »

Today was a good day, not as productive as yesterday, but then I didn’t work nearly as hard. It started with the prep and glue up of the stretchers. Then I started on the legs. They had to be flattened and cut to final dimensions.I debated cutting the mortises in them but I thought fitting them to the aprons would present more of a challenge so might as well figure it out on a weekend while I had time to think it through. Turns out the leg was the easy part, the apron didn’t go...

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Building Dave's Stacking Chair #10: Finishing and Finished!

07-26-2015 05:08 PM by Dave Rutan | 10 comments »

The only thing I had time to do yesterday was glue up the last seat back Yay! Part of what you see below was done Friday evening, the rest this afternoon. [Below] The chair receives a treatment of Dark Cherry stain, both top and bottom. I knew these cheap foam brushes would come in handy. [Below] After the excess stain is wiped off, the chair is ready for the lacquer. [Below] I’m using a spray lacquer. It’s one of the reasons I prefer to do woodworking in the ...

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Router table 2015 #1: Treadmill router table top

07-26-2015 01:35 AM by exelectrician | 7 comments »

Time for a new router table, the old Rockler with the really old Jessum router lift that was not up to heavy work, had to go. The other no name table top table was too narrow, and the MDF table had serious bracing underneath to try and keep it from dipping in the center. The fence and the newer Jessem router lift on this unit were keepers. I used a piece of old growth clear pine for the trestle, loose 1/2” double tenons glued in and double bolted stretchers between, the nuts and rod ...

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Snake Box

07-26-2015 12:58 AM by Skip Mathews | 7 comments »

Snake Box07-25-2015 This has been a fun project for a number of reasons. Number one being that I used salvaged material to make my Snake Box. Number two… I used all hand tools. Number three… I made the box hardware by hand. Number four… everyone needs at least one Snake Box! The wood I used is from a shipping pallet. Looks and smells like oak. I used the best pieces I had but didn’t worry too much about how rough, knotty, warped or twisted they were. I did tr...

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Nicholson style workbench #5: Ready set go!

07-25-2015 11:31 PM by cfrance | 1 comment »

Since I didn’t have plans for the day I spent it in the garage giving my workbench build a hefty push along. It started this morning removing clamps and scraping glue off an apron followed by milling and gluing the legs. I spent the rest of the day re-sizing the top slabs and aprons. Everything is taking much longer than I hoped but about as long as I planed. I seem to be on track for about a 40 or so hour build which I think is about average, maybe? With only two boards left to lamin...

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