So much for trying to keep this top secret! My wife checked my email account from my phone last night when we were driving back from Thanksgiving. She was a bit curious about what this Top Secret project was all about. I tried minimizing the damage by admitting that: “I was thinking of building one, but said that I don’t have nearly the ability to make it. The thread was just feeling it out, and it bombed on me.” She seemed to buy the excuse for now. And to make sure this doesn’t happen again I just made a new email account that she now doesn’t know about where I’ll get my LJ mail sent to!
I purchased plans this weekend. With some recommendations based on the ideas that I have, I purchased the Hal Taylor design book, set of plans, and backrest template. I’m hoping to get everything in the mail by Friday so I can make sure I know exactly what I’ll need for lumber purchasing this weekend.
As far as building the chair without her finding out, that won’t be a problem. We aren’t actually living in the same place right now. No, not from marital problems, but she is doing month-long clinical rotations at hospitals around the country as her last year of medical school. I’m living in Minneapolis with my Godfather until she is finished. He has a woodshop in his basement, so I’ll come home from work, play around for a few hours, give her a call and she’ll be none-the-wiser!
The wood supplier is definitely Treecycle Hardwoods from West Bend, WI (http://www.treecyclehardwoods.com/). I’m heading there on Saturday to pick out all my lumber. Unfortunately, his figured black walnut won’t be ready until February, as I’d have liked to have some figured wood for the arm rests. Even still, I’ll see what he has and post up some pictures once I have all my pieces.
Progress at first might be a little slow. I just got roped into building my mom a new live-edge, slab-top coffee table for Christmas. The design is pretty easy, but it still needs to be made. In any case, I’ll try to post up my crude picture of what I want it to look like soon.
-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN