Rocking Chair Summer Camp with Bill Kappel #5: day 5 and only 1/2 day to go tomorrow

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Blog entry by motthunter posted 07-19-2008 02:33 AM 1980 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tomorrow is Saturday and I have a half a day to mount the rails to the chair. Of course I will have to take it all apart, wrap all the pieces and ship them home to do the actual glue up and final assembly. I have so much work left to do that I don’t expect to be done for at least 2 or 3 months since I have to go back to work. Vacation is almost over..

Today I glued the stand offs to the rails, created the dowel ends on all the back slats and started to refine them. I also got more grinding done to form the second arm and copied all the templates and jigs so that I will be able to make another chair after this one is done.

Bill has been such a help and a great teacher. I have taken my woodworking skills to a whole new level on this trip and I am so thankful for this chance. This was an intense week.

Enjoy the following photos.

runner out of the clamps

second view

gluing on the standoffs

second view

I don’t expect to be able to post tomorrows photos for a few days. I have to travel home first. I hope that you enjoyed all of this. I plan to post more as I finish the work in my shop.

-- making sawdust....

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#1 posted 07-19-2008 02:50 AM


I met Bill at a show here in Salt Lake City before he moved from CA to Utah. He is a very nice gentleman indeed. I am, one day, going to take his class. In regards to the templates does he allow you to make them while there or just make pencil copies of them? It looks to me like you are going to have a very nice rocker and will have learned a great deal.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 07-19-2008 02:59 AM

I consider Bill to be my newest friend. Seems so hard to meet good people these days.

He allows me to make up all the templates but since my time is limited, I made tracings and will make them when I get home. It is included in the course. These templates are the results of Bill’s design work and I will keep my copies only for me out of respect for him. Of course I will make modifications to change the style to make hte chair even more to my liking.

You can contact BIll directly to see what he sells his plans and templates for.

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 07-19-2008 07:25 PM

This has been an enjoyable blog. Can’t wait to see you get it assembled and finished. Thanks for taking the time to blog about it in such detail.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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