|Project by lew||posted 08-25-2013 11:07 PM||2540 views||5 times favorited||14 comments|
Our neighbor recently asked if I could make her a small chair for her daughter. The little one is going to be home schooled and she needs stuff for her study/work area. Without thinking, I said “Sure, I can do that”! Well hind sight is 20-20 and now I realize why chairs are not cheap!
The neighbor sent me a link to the type of chair she wanted- I was in trouble!! This chair wasn’t going to be 1x material screwed and glued together! Other than the seat and top rail, everything was turned and there is not one 90° angle on the entire piece. In fact almost every hole is drilled at a compound angle. Second problem- no plans!
So, where to start??
Fortunately, I have a very old child’s chair that belonged to my Dad. Unfortunately, it was much too small for the little girl. I figured I could use the old chair and scale up the dimensions and create a larger version. A little Internet research and some actual child measurements and I have the sizes I need to start.
But those dang compound angle holes are going to be a pain. For accuracy, I’d like to use the drill press for the holes. But, you know how hard you work to get the drill press table perfectly aligned and once there you hate to change it. Maybe there is a way to make a jig!
Her’s what I came up with…
The jig sets on the drill press table and pivots/tilts in 2 directions.
The new “table” can be raised or lowered via some piano hinge pieces left over from another project.
The assembly pivots on a large dowel (piece of turned maple) to add the “second” angle.
The tilted assembly and table are held/locked into place with plastic knobs and hardware
And the entire jig is bolted onto the drill press table.
I know what you are thinking- all that work for one chair. Maybe, but she has 2 daughters and lots of other home schooling friends. Just planning ahead.
Thanks for looking!
-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.