Building Dave's Stacking Chair #1: Cutting the Wood

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 07-20-2015 10:58 PM 1991 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a step by step ‘tutorial’ for the finished project located here: [link]

[Above] I’m using a 1×12 to build this chair, I’m actually building 6 chairs, but just add the plurals where needed. I began by cross cutting the board in half to make it more manageable.

[Above] I ripped the board into 3 inch strips. These are pretty much the standard width for most of the pieces. A 2 inch strip is left over, but part of it will be used later.

[Above] The chair requires pieces in the lengths of 15-1/2, 16, 17 and 30 inches. I used a stop block clamped to my rip fence to keep the lengths accurate.

[Next 3 pics] Since my router table stops at 29 inches, I clamped a stop block extension on the underside of the router table. It was sort of spur of the moment and it actually gives me an idea for a much improved model.

[Below] The curved back is made from 3 pieces of luan plywood. I wanted to get the first bent lamination glue up going so that I could work on the rest of the chair while it sets up. The strips are cut at 4-1/2 inch x 24 inch.

[Below] One 24 in. x 48 in. sheet of luan yields enough for 3 chair backs plus one piece with a tiny bit of waste.

[Below] Except for the seat, this is the wood that makes up the chair.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 12:04 AM

Thanks for post this—looks like you’re off to a great start!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 03:46 AM

Very educational blog entries for this topic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 05:12 AM

Following along, Dave!

-- God bless, Candy

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