The Seat Base & Corner Blocks Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. It was at this stage of the project that the excitement in my shop was so heavy it couldn’t be cut in two ...
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Location: Stillwater, Minnesota
I've had a deep interest in working with wood ever since I was knee-high to a table saw. My dad, his dad, and my Grandpa's brother were all three carpenters in the same business in our small hometown in Minnesota.
My dad's first house was built by him and my Grandpa in 1948, and my wife and I currently reside there. In 1999 we took that house out of 1948 and gave it a nice facelift.
Our full basement used to be my dad's shop for work and play...and is now my wood shop. It's approx. 26 X 36. When it was my dad's shop it had 4 outlets and 3 light bulbs, and was shared with my mom as a laundry area as well. It's now quite a bit brighter and has an outlet about every 6-8 feet. Plus it has heat, insulation, TV, and this thing that probably won't last long called the internet. :)
It's stocked with lots of neat tools, many species of wood, and a full-blown Oneida 2HP/220v dust collection system.
Nearly all of my wood shop items were paid for by building and selling 115 of Norm's adirondack chairs, tables, and footrests.
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The Final Assembly…almost. Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. Final Assembly, the second from the last chapter in my “Kevin Rodel Side Chair” class. The final assembly i...
The Floating Tenons Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. As you’ve most likely noticed by now, I opted to go with “rounded over” mortise and tenon joinery as opposed to Mr. Rode...
The Lower Stretchers Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. Well ladies and gentlemen, I do believe we’re nearing the home stretch. The lower stretchers consist of 4 parts. Two...
The Rear Legs Note: When I talk about the many parts of this chair, I name them as if I were sitting in the chair. Out of all of the chair’s parts, I won’t say the rear legs were the most difficult to create, however they were certainly the ...