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Blog series by EarlS updated 01-15-2018 02:37 PM 7 parts 8255 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: Have a seat and let me tell you a story

12-10-2017 01:53 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

Chair – a seat with a back on which one person sits, typically having four legs. Since Adam and Eve wandered around the Garden of Eden, humans have needed something to sit on other than the ground. To my mind, chairs evolved from rocks, logs, stumps, or whatever happened to be available into something with legs and a seat that was more functional, a stool. From there, some bright person discovered that the back legs could be lengthened and the chair was born. Everything since then...

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Part 2: Chair Legs and the Leg Lamp Major Award

12-16-2017 02:50 PM by EarlS | 4 comments »

In the spirit of one of the greatest Christmas movies I present the Leg Lamp Major Award Inspirational isn’t it? Now on to wood related activities… First of all, the 4 chairs will be made from Walnut since I have an abundance of it in the wood stack, and I’m out of Cherry. After poring over the plans and reading and re-reading the booklet that comes with them as well as anything and everything I could find on Lumberjocks or elsewhere on the web I finally brok...

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Part 3: Spending time with my buddies Mortise and Tenon

12-23-2017 02:38 PM by EarlS | 3 comments »

After getting the FMT Pro mortise and tenon jig as an early Christmas present, I’ve been busy setting it up, figuring out how it works, and making the mortises and tenons for the Kevin Rodel side chairs. There are a total of 5 mortises on each rear leg, 3 on the inner face (crest rail, back rail, seat back rail) and 2 on the front face (seat side rail, side stretcher). The front legs also have 3 mortises, 2 on the rear face (seat side rail, side stretcher) and one on the inner face ...

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Part 4: Curvy Chair Backs

01-01-2018 02:54 PM by EarlS | 5 comments »

I never really paid much attention to the curves and angles on our dining room chairs or wondered why, or more importantly, how they were built that way. Building these chairs has given me a new appreciation for the subtle functional details that go into designing a comfortable chair as well as one that is visually appealing. The angles were the main challenge with the legs and seat rails while the back of the chair is a confluence of curves and arches. Once again, the instructional wri...

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Part 5: Curved Back Splat

01-06-2018 03:43 PM by EarlS | 6 comments »

I actually looked up “splat” to make sure I was using the word properly. Splat is defined as “a piece of thin wood in the center of a chair back”. I guess that can be the word of the day. After the mortises were cut in the crest rail and back rail in the last entry, I moved on to the details for the curved back splat. There are 3/8”x 1-1/4” beveled spacers that fit into 1/8” deep slots in the 5/8” x 1” pieces. The slot ends 1̶...

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Part 6: Tapered Legs and Pyramid Schemes

01-07-2018 03:58 PM by EarlS | 6 comments »

Tapered legs don’t sound all that difficult. Honestly, once I got things set up it was very straight forward. The plans for the Kevin Rodel side chair call for tapering the upper section of the rear legs from where the chair rails connect to the rear legs up to the top of the leg, about 25-1/2”. It is a very subtle taper on the outside edge, from 1-1/2” to 1-1/4”. As usual though, there is a catch, the leg has a 7 degree bend in it which means the right side le...

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Part 7: All Done - Except for Finishing

01-15-2018 02:37 PM by EarlS | 7 comments »

I might as well get another entry written this morning while I wait for the snow to stop falling. After sanding all of the front leg parts and the back leg parts with 220 grit paper, easing the edges, but not rounding them over, I glued everything up. The pieces went together easily as I have dry assembled them several times. There aren’t a lot of joints to glue on either leg assembly which was also a big help. Generally, I let things dry over night to make sure the glue is well se...

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