A chair for my office #2: Got the backslats in

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 03-14-2008 11:06 PM 1138 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: First construction photos Part 2 of A chair for my office series Part 3: Finished, with reservations »

Nothing terribly profound to say here, just working through and learning a lot, in between assorted other projects. I’ve glued the back and the front together, I need to make the seat support so I can glue the front assembly to the back, right now that’s just a test fit. In no particular order:

  • Gluing up recurves is harder than I thought it’d be, even with the jig I built to help hold the curve in the backslat. need more clamps.
  • I should be less stingy when it comes to saw blade resharpenings, I expect my saw to give me a jointable edge, when it even gets close to not doing that, swap out the blades.
  • Need to sand down some Dominos for test fitting, there are a couple in there I put in for test fitting that I had extreme problems getting out.
  • I shouldn’t go expecting to be Sam Maloof with 3/4” thick lumber. No matter how you cut it, one axis of curve only looks like one axis of curve.

Hopefully the muse will strike for more entertaining writing with my next entry.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 03-14-2008 11:28 PM

Looks like you’re making good progress. I’m looking forward to seeing how things go.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 03-15-2008 06:28 AM

Hi Dan,

This is coming along nicely. I agree with your comment about the sawblade. I do the same thing. I have used a blade until it starts to drag and begins burning the wood. This is a prescription for an accident.

Nice post. I look forward to seeing your finished chair.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 03-17-2008 01:36 PM

Looks very nice.

-- Hope Never fails

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#4 posted 03-17-2008 03:00 PM

It is looking good so far. Keep us apprised of your progress.

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#5 posted 03-17-2008 05:55 PM

Looking like a chair and the education is going to be very valuable. Looking forward to the finished chair and hearing about what you learned.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 03-17-2008 11:05 PM

If you look at the domino manual, you can see there’s an adjustment for tightening/loosening the fit on those.

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 03-18-2008 01:43 AM

Yeah, there’s a side-to-side adjustment, but since I’m using both axes of the domino for support, I’m trying to keep ‘em as tight as possible.

And if you don’t hold the Domino super tight, the bit wiggles the tool a bit and you get a super tight mortise…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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