What drives your woodworking? I just want to be great at it. I have no idea if I will make furniture, turn bowls, chisel sculptures, or build tiny pieces of art. Each time I see something beautiful that is what I want to do. Woodworking has so many paths. It is easy to recognize that dabbling in everything will lead to a mastery of nothing. The importance of focus keeps me on my path of discovery. When the temptation to stray pokes its head out of a magazine article, I give it ...
Did some cutting today. 8 front legs @ 11.5 inches 8 side aprons @ 9 inches 8 front aprons @ 8 inches 8 back rails @ 8 inches I also made a jig for the DP so that I can drill holes to mount the back rails. Next is sanding and assembly
A couple of years ago I built a table and chair set for a friend’s two little girls. Well since then they had a little boy and the “Lil Guy” needs a chair. I poked around the shop to try and find the drawings for the set so that I could get some measurements. I found something that looked like kids chairs so off I went. The previous set of chairs had a straight back, but this set I wanted a little rake. So I made this template from some packaged pine I planed down some scrap spr...
There was a post on LJ of something similar to this quite a while back, but when I pm’d the LJ there was no reply. So, I went searching the internet and found this. http://hongtaozhou.com/zoom/984x588/747291.html I sent this person an email to see if the plans or other information are available. This is his description; Abstract:Unlike other mechanical adjustable furniture, this rocking chair provides a wider population with more rocking functions by adjustable design u...
I’ve almost finished my first adirondak chair. I had got 13 scrap (3ft long) pieces of treated deck planks and didn’t want to put them to waste. I cut and finished the back of the chair yesterday. I have cut out the seat area/legs, but have not put them together yet. The seat doesn’t run in the traditional way most of the chairs run, but I still think it looks good. Hopefully I will be able to get out to the shop later and finish it. I will be posting a picture when it is do...
A few months ago, some friends asked me to repair some chairs. Here are some photos of the project, and hopefully, if i did it right, you will also find a more descriptive blog entry. OK, no, i did not do it right! Here is the link to the blog entry. Cheers!
I closed the shed in October last year and took the toolbox inside as I had no intention of working through the winter on this project – even though it was near completion. The cold damp air is not good for the wooden tools and they deserve better at this stage in their lives even if they have withstood worse in the past….. So Christmas passed, then January, February, March; finally in mid-April, I re -installed the toolbox and started work again. The frame of the chair was already glu...
On July 3rd I threw together a chair to bring to the 4th party the following day. I decided to use up some scrap 2×4s. I had no plan, no chair experience, and about 5 hours time in which to make it, so I just sort of winged-it, inventing as I went. Here’s the test-fit of the cut pieces for which I used my miter saw and band saw. It looked somewhat chair-like, at least. I used countersunk deck screws and glue. I banged pieces around in the clamps to get everything exac...
The Non-Electric Chair #14: Making the Chair (The back frame gets glued up and the chair comes together)
There are some jobs that must be done as you go along; they will be very difficult to do once the back frame is glued up.Unfortunately, I am one of those people who must see results and can’t wait indefinitely to see a frame going together. Apart from the fact that I think someone said “A decision deferred is a decision well made” I have two excuses for this less than grown up behaviour.a) Sanding every square millimetre can be pointless if it turns out that there is a final curve or detai...
this is my latest project. my client wants 5 reproductions of this chair originally built by S.Karpen & Brothers from Chicago in 1905 in quartersawn or pattern cut Genuine Mahogany, all i have to go on is the actual chair itself. it is to be an accurate reproduction with the addition of a fully cushioned seat(as seen in the b&w photo) and a finish that is much darker than the condition of the original. this one was refinished much lighter than the original was (as seen by the unde...
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