Jake's chair #2: making the best of a messy situation

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Blog entry by James Alberding posted 05-29-2012 05:33 AM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, today is Memorial day. Let me just say thanks to the lumberjocks out there who have served or are serving our country that may read this.

I wanted to clean out my shed today so I can get a work space going. Here are a couple pictures of what I’m dealing with.

I didn’t get to it today though because I had to now the lawn and dig a trench to run some piping for drainage. That took much longer than I expected. Besides I doubt the dump would have been open today with the holiday. After I showered up and ate some dinner I couldn’t help myself and went out and ripped some back slats for the chair and took my jig saw out of the box to cut the boards into smaller pieces.

I tried to cut on my lines from the template transfers but I think ill be better off cutting my curved lines about an 8th inch away and then use the belt sanders at work to get it down to the lives evenly. Even going extremely slow and carefully it still turned out to be a sloppy looking cut. It’s hard to keep the cut square, but making a smooth curve seems easy enough.

I made a few cuts. I’m happy. After work tomorrow ill rip the seat slats, cut out the rest of the parts and take the rough cut pices with ne to work the next day to finish them off so I can put the router to them.

Baby steps :)

-- measure once, cut twice...

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 03:44 PM


I never could cut a straight line with a jig saw but if and when I need to I use a straight edge clamped to the work piece so that the saw follows the guide, just proud of the scribed line. This will help to keep you, well your saw, on the straight and narrow. Finish up with your sander.

By the way, any forward progress on cleaning up our shops, is a good day. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 06:03 AM

Thanks for the tip Len. The day I learned to use a speed square to act as a guide to cut 2×4s straight and fast was a big day. I never trust my eye. I need a level almost every time!

-- measure once, cut twice...

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