I decided to start cutting the parts for two of the ten chairs I plan on building to match the conference table I made last year. In the photo above you can see the parts cut out and ready for some milling, sanding and assembling. I’m also filming this process. I cut the 3 inch wide lengths out of a 1×12. As I was ripping, I encountered my first ever ‘pinch.’ The wood closed around the blade and riving knife to the point where I couldn’t even try to push it...
Sometimes things break. This is one of those cases. There was probably a defect in the wood that was undetectable when I built the chair and when the wrong set of forces were applied to the chair, one of the two legs broke after the joint. To fix the chair, I built a sled that would ride on the table saw and support the chair standing up and would allow me to use a spacer block, after the first cut to create a new mortise for the bridal joint. Here is the chair in the sled. Noti...
3 March 2015 I’ve finally reached the end of this build. Soon the client will come claim her chairs and off they’ll go for their cushions. Glad but sad at the end of builds, well not for all of them. The “Tea Table” was one I didn’t shed any tears over. My phantom tip of thumb reminds me every time I mention that project. So here’s a wrap up of the Morris Chair build…. Early January. Legs and rails prepped. Bent arm conundrum reso...
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I haven’t posted in awhile. I have finally found some time to show my progress. I purchased the lumber at the end of September and began to mark out on the wood where my cuts would be. I used a light blue chalk to show up well on the dark wood. I also marked a letter on each piece to correspond to my cutlist and assembly instructions with a grease pencil, so it would not smudge or rub off easily during the breakdown of the wood, but not stain as a marker would. Some of the boards ...
Hello fellow sawdust makers, Enjoy the video below, I sand and discuss a little of my sanding technique https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvvg97_uHJ8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDpYB8rwUC4 Follow along as I assemble and carve a set of 4 beautiful Walnut bar height stools !https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/ngv0at6.jpg
This is my last proof of concept/prototype. From here on it’ll be a build and the project entry will be a tutorial. As you see I threw some stain on it to get a good idea on how it will look. (Dark colors are slimming, no?) I used the same stain as the table the chairs are destined for. This last chair is held together exclusively by screws, screws and more screws, highly visible screws! The production model will be glued with hidden screws for peace of mind. The plan is to take thi...
Above: Take IV on the chair design. Sharp eyes will note that the seat is shorter and the wood overall is 1/2 inch narrower all around, 3 inches down from 3 1/2 inches. This version is screwed together without glue because I anticipate disassembling it and using the parts as patterns for production models. The clamps are holding the ledge pieces on which the seat will rest. They are glued on because I can work around them. Below: How to turn your table saw into a saw table: This chair...
Last night I grabbed some particle board that I have in the shop and made a bending jig for the chair back. The chairs are for the table I made for our church. Although I’m glad I had the particle board to use instead of ‘good’ plywood, I got really frustrated with my band saw while cutting out the bending form. Lately I’ve been getting along with my bandsaw but this was miserable. I cut the curve out of two boards and the switched to my jig saw because it̵...
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