So far, in my woodworking “career”, I’ve made 4 benches. It’s a simple design that I came up with that uses yellow pine 2×4s for all the pieces. The 1st bench I put together was … bulky. The final design, which I’m very happy with, I think of as the Mk III; doubled 2×4s for the legs with a shoulder for the bench to rest on, 1/2” slats suppored by braces in the middle, all held together with Miller dowels. The Mk I was all single pieces...
Howdy, The chair arms have been formed into a nice rolled shape and they are ready to accept padding. This will be fun and it’s easier than you may be thinking. It is certainly less exacting than most would expect. Lets get started. There are 3 major products you can use to pad the arms of a chair. Foam, Cotton or Dacron Polyester. Foam, 1 to 2 inches thick usually. It Gives a nice uniform shape. but it can be compressed to nothing. When Foam begins to deteriorate, it turns to...
Let’s upholster the arms in three stages. This stage, shaping the arms, is most often skipped or ignored especially in these days of Quick Buck furniture. There is no need for that especially if you want your chair to look really good. On top of that – it’s Easy!!! On top of that – Spend time on the foundation and the rest will be easier. That’s “Two On Top of that’s.” You can’t loose! Take a look at the bare shape of these arm...
Howdy – it’s been a few days and I thank you all for the kind comments. Some of you doubt that you can upholster anything on the first try. I understand the sentiment. I’ve got to say that my father went into furniture manufacturing after he upholstered his first piece of furniture. It wasn’t just Old couch to 20 employees. But you can see the progression starting. He did a great job on his first couch and he said – I think I can do this. I’ve got to say...
This blog will chronicle my “Pen Turning Travails”.... Not only am I new to pen turning, I’m new to turning in general, so my early efforts will be that of a greenhorn caliber. I’m trying to do about four or five pens a week. Yeah, the work load will be a demanding one! ;^) Rather than clutter the projects gallery with a multitude of lame novice forms and pathetic finishing attempts, I’ll keep a pictorial progress report of sorts here on this blog. It will ...
Finally!!! We get to do some upholstery!!! 45% preparation – 45% finishing 10% upholstery. You will need cotton which can be bought at an upholster supply company for about $30. Mine is 30 inches wide which is just right for upholstery. I walked over to my roll and literally tore off about a 25 inch length. I’m going to say my magic words again. This isn’t wood working. You measure precisely and cut with scissors. There is no benefit except for saving a few inches o...
Man oh man – there are tons of ways that the seat of a piece of furniture can be prepared. I just don’t have time to go into all of them. If you have questions about yours, feel free to ask. I’ll give some pretty decent details about mine though. I’ll say something else before we go too far because we are a woodworking community, They don’t make em like they used to. However, this frame is pretty good for having been constructed in the last 10 years or so. ...
I left one chair fully upholstered and I stripped one to the bone a year ago. No it doesn’t take a year ;) I just stripped it and stashed it. That means I don’t have any current pictures to show you. I’ll need to come back to this post and flesh it out later. In the meantime, I put together an incomplete blog series on home refurbers. Since we weren’t getting much readership over there, I got lazy and didn’t flesh it out like I plan on doing here. This is actu...
There is very little on these chairs that I need to sew on the body. Still, a little might be just enough of an example for some of you. The front of the chair and deck need a bit of sewing. Take a look at this rounded front edge and the old stiches. There are several ways to skin this cat. One is to take off the fabric, undo the stitches then trace the cutouts onto you new fabric. I have to do that sometimes. Let’s get a little adventurous. Since I have a pattern with a center...
Lumberjock Friends, I’ve been thinking hard about how I can give back to all of you. One thing is for sure, I can’t give back by being your residential woodworking expert. There is not a single thing I can say about woodworking that another lumberjock can’t improve upon. I know next to nothing that I didn’t learn from you all. Even the woodworking knowledge I have is subject to refinement. In short, I am far more of a student here than I am teacher. I have seen q...
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