Building Dave's Stacking Chair #3: Milling the Pieces

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 07-20-2015 11:44 PM 1383 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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[Legeble ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

During the prototype process I built a 2-in-1 jig to make tapering the legs easier.

[Below] Even though I chose boards that were pretty clear, they were still just common pine boards and had some small knots in them. By cutting the lengths carefully I eliminated some of them. Via the tapering of the legs, I was able to cut out a few more bad spots.

(The wedge shaped cut offs from this project can be glued together and used for small projects.)

[Below] The piece for the front of the seat frame needed to be ripped to 2-1/2 inches. The waste from this can be trimmed to create a spacer for when the back legs are attached.

[Not Shown] One of the 2 inch strips is used to create three 1×3/4 in. strips, 13 inches long. These are cleats which support the seat.

[Below] The front legs need to have a notch cut into them to accept the front piece of the seat frame. This supports the frame as well as improving the look of the chair. I cut one set by hand and did the rest with the band saw.

[Below] Finally a 1/2 in. hole is drilled in the back legs to accept the cushion tie-on. I originally figured out the best location for this on my third prototype, so I use the prototype leg as a template.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 07-20-2015 11:57 PM

Nice work, good looking furniture from construction lumber.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 12:08 AM

Looks like they’re coming along nicely!

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

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