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Blog series by James Alberding updated 06-28-2012 07:40 PM 7 parts 31556 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: sticker shock!

05-25-2012 01:08 PM by James Alberding | 6 comments »

Holy shnikeys! Let me start by saying that I really didn’t think that it would cost me much for materials for this chair. I thought I could get everything needed for around 100 bucks. After I was done shopping for wood, hardware, and a couple tools I need I spent $177.00. Then I went to home Depot to check thier prices and ended up buying a few more tools I will need like a speed square, router bits and clamps. After checking out I spent a little over $70.00. So now I’ve sp...

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Part 2: making the best of a messy situation

05-29-2012 05:33 AM by James Alberding | 2 comments »

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...

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Part 3: It's official!

06-01-2012 01:31 PM by James Alberding | 0 comments »

Just a quick update… I officially have a wood shop. Haha it may not be a nice one, or have a lot of special tools. But the sawdust in my hair and all over everything else means its legit. Haha I finished cutting out my pieces after work yesterday. I have decided that instead of tracing the pieces from my templates and cutting them out every time. I am going to make plywood templates, then use the locations where the fasteners will be to screw down the template to the wood and cut ...

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Part 4: Router rookie

06-14-2012 08:53 AM by James Alberding | 3 comments »

I really had imagined being able to grab some tools, get some wood, and slap this chair together in no time! That’s not the case though :) As I mentioned in the last entry, I am taking my time to rethink my process on this first chair to make it as easy as possible to make more chairs. I thought I had the parts pretty close after using the belt sander at work to finish my curved cuts, untill I put the duplicate parts together and I could see how far off they really were from each ot...

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Part 5: Mister sand man

06-19-2012 06:11 AM by James Alberding | 2 comments »

I came home from work today and went straight to the shed after listening to the shot of the day and got busy! Now that I have made my templates for the chair, I routed all of the round over edges that are called for by the Jake’s chair plans. I really do enjoy using the router, there is something satisfying to watching the edges go from raw cut edges, to pretty, smooth, and finished as the bit passes with ease. But on the down side, I really want that router table because bending ov...

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Part 6: Erection

06-20-2012 08:18 AM by James Alberding | 4 comments »

My drive home from work turned into a big ordeal today, so made it home MUCH later than I wanted to. So when I finally did make it hone I went straight to the shed and got to work! I got so wrapped up in it I skipped dinner and all of the sudden its midnight! Here are a few pics I took of the progress :b It’s comin together, and its exciting to see it take shape.

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Part 7: Drumroll please..........

06-28-2012 07:40 PM by James Alberding | 5 comments »

The other night I ate a fortune cookie and thought, hmm this one is accurate…. How did that cookie know I would be writing about accomplishing my first furniture build? I had fun building this chair. And now I’m going to be focusing on making it easier to build the next ones. I would like some input on what everyone’s opinions on what wood they think is best for outdoor furniture like this, and what looks best. I’m going to try cedar for the next one. If you ...

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