I ran over to the lumber yard and picked up some 4/4 for the base and a stick of 8/4 to make a single chair out of. I was going to finish the base before I started on the legs, but this 8/4 stick was magnificent (and I didn’t want anyone else to nab it). I recently posted a question in the Design Forum about possibly laminating 3/4” stock to make the legs 1-1/2”, but I couldn’t take any shortcuts (regardless of how cost-effective they might be) on the dining room set...
So today, I cleaned up the shop a bit and started on the template to make the back legs. Based on my AutoCAD drawing, I laid it out on some 1/4” masonite (hardboard). I even remembered to make it longer to affix the ends together. I cut it out and faired it as best I could. It’s almost perfect (you can spot 1/1000” off) when sighting down it. It looks pretty darn good from the side. I then double-sided taped it to a roughed out blank and using my pattern-followin...
So I took a few minutes to draw this up in AutoCAD (sorry I’m not up to speed in SketchUp yet). The only dimension I had to assume were the front-to-back rails that intersect the middle of the chair back. I went with 3” because that’s what looked to scale, and gave room for a proper radius. I could’ve sprung for the $20 full-sized plans, but what’s the fun in that? The reason I drew this out is because the back is defined by a 7 degree angle. I thought it w...
So, the new top is in daily use. I put seven or eight coats of Bristol Finish water-based polyurethane on it. It’s a marine varnish for boat interiors, which I used on my old table, and it’s pretty impervious. No coasters required! It’s still sitting on top of the mock-up MDF and the old table, so it’s pretty high. I was going to start on the Rodel Taliesin base next, but since I made the leaves, I don’t have enough lumber to make the base, or the mone...
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!
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