|Forum topic by mcg1990||posted 05-14-2015 03:49 PM||726 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
05-14-2015 03:49 PM
Up until now my skills have been progressing at a pretty comfortable/slow rate. Nothing that I’ve been commissioned for has yet truly challenged me.
Having said that, I’ve just been requested to build a table and chairs. Now, the table I’m comfortable with, but chairs.. Not so sure about that.
Now, I believe I understand that basic principles here. Curves are cut by taking my flat stock and drawing the profile, alomg with mortise locations, and then cutting on a bandsaw/scroll saw/jig saw. I can then go about making my mortise and tenons. Hey presto, ish.
So, the advice I need is this:
What is the most appropriate and cost effective wood to use, considering it will be painted. Is pine able to hold strong enough tenons in those thin rails? If not, poplar? Something harder?
Do you suggest that I turn down this work?
This second question is more important. I have faith in my skills, or rather, faith in my ability to learn the required skills. I also want to push myself out of my comfort zone, and I’m comfortable with risk of failing and wasting time and money on materials/labor. I will only take my fee if I’ve provided a quality product. Anything less and I’ll just have to humbly apologize.
Lastly, if you think I should go for it, would you advise buying a bandsaw or simply a good jigsaw? I’m willing to invest in a good machine, and currently only have a totally crappy cheap jigsaw.
Thanks so much