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Project by jinkyjock posted 08-30-2015 02:23 PM 663 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again. This project is once again made with re-cycled wood which was given to me by friends.
Their son installs high-powered electric cables to pylons and the slats (1400mm.x90×25) are from the large drums which hold the cables.
I was given 44 slats, with the promise of more, and made them 2 planters as payment.
I am pretty sure that the wood is Cedar.



The reason for making this chair is for relaxing outside of my workshop while I am working.
My old deck chair was falling apart and needed replacing.
The colour scheme was part of an experiment as I wanted to try out some wood dyes to gauge the effect before using it on a couple of Ideas I have germinating.


The next image is blatant Product-Placement.
In the forlorn hope that Bosch wish to sponsor further projects on my behalf.

The design of the chair was adapted from plans of a Norm Abrams project.
The colouring was from Liberon Wood Dyes, a water-based dye.



Construction was mainly just screwed together with a couple of half-lap joints where appropriate.
The curved work was done on my small bandsaw or by jigsaw.
I did all of the planing by hand as there was a dust residue on some of the slats and I feared damaging my planer blades.
Finish was a few coats of Poly Yacht Varnish.


Learned a few things in this project, particularly relating to the wood dye process.
Thank you for looking, all comments are welcome.





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Sam Knight

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#1 posted 08-30-2015 02:49 PM

Very nice looking chair Jim. Love the colors. You are gonna have to show me your technique for dyeing wood, as that is something I have never tried yet.
It is always nice when you can make a project using practically free wood. Glad you have some sources.

-- Sam

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jinkyjock

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 02:56 PM

Thank you Sam.
Perhaps we can do something in Tartan to match your KILT.

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Hawaiilad

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#3 posted 08-30-2015 08:10 PM

Great build…how comfy is it to set in?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 08-30-2015 09:30 PM

Great looking chair—colorful to the least. I like the idea that you dyed it to obtain the color and that way let the wood show.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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jinkyjock

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#5 posted 08-30-2015 10:31 PM

Hawaiilad.
Thank you, it is surprisingly comfy.
Just hope I get the chance to use it,
the Scottish climate is not as kind as yours (Hawaii).

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jinkyjock

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#6 posted 08-30-2015 10:35 PM

Thank you John.
I also like the dye effect as it still shows off the grain well.
It was a successful experiment for me.

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Jim Rowe

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#7 posted 08-31-2015 08:15 AM

Great use of “scrap” wood. They look very comfortable. Will those arms hold a G&T? Do you have a link to the plans?
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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jinkyjock

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#8 posted 08-31-2015 09:32 AM

Thank you Jim R.
I adapted the plans to suit my wood dimensions, and the arms on the original are slightly wider.
However both would hold a cool G&T.
Plans are down in my workshop somewhere, so I will dig them out and post link.

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jinkyjock

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#9 posted 08-31-2015 01:01 PM

Jim Rowe.
Turns out I got the plans as a free download from Popular Woodworking.
www.popwood.com > Plans > Free Projects and Plans > scroll down to Norm Abrams Adirondack Chair >
Select for free download.
Good luck.

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#10 posted 09-02-2015 12:32 PM

Well done, Jinky. Love the color scheme—tickles my visual palate!

I, too, would like to see you post on the use of dyes in this project; all that you have learned (and learned not to do again!)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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jinkyjock

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#11 posted 09-03-2015 09:06 AM

Thank you Paul, still very much in the experimental stage re. the dyeing process.
The dyes I used come in an 8 colour pack so the permutations are endless,
to this end I was researching “Colour-Wheels”.
Will probably do another project to refine the process.

Glad to see you got the issues with your saw (belt) resolved.

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 09-03-2015 05:52 PM

This is a great looking chair and very colorful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 09-03-2015 07:41 PM


Thank you Paul, still very much in the experimental stage re. the dyeing process.

Heh. Isn’t everything we woodworkers do a grand experiment? :)


The dyes I used come in an 8 colour pack so the permutations are endless, to this end I was researching “Colour-Wheels”. Will probably do another project to refine the process.

Looking forward to it!


Glad to see you got the issues with your saw (belt) resolved.

- jinkyjock

Thanks! The link belt has a made a big difference, and being an item that is expected to eventually wear out, I don’t feel bad for having to replace it.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#14 posted 09-03-2015 08:33 PM

Thank you Charles.

Paul, you are so right about the “grand experiment”.

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