A new dining room set for my wife! #1: I begin at the begining. Where else?

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 04-18-2011 01:24 AM 3287 reads 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I had a couple more things I wanted to make first, but my wife kind of changed my priorities for me.

She started out by commenting on how the new ones looked in the store, and then started with how nice a new one would look in our dining room. I took the hint.

So, where to start? Well, I asked her what she wanted and I got, “I don’t know, just make something. I trust you.”

Hmm… No restrictions! That’s nice. Now what do I want?

Chairs would be the main attraction for me so I looked at everything I could find. I like something around a Queen Ann and the Chippendale style.

I wanted something not too complex, after all I would be making 6 to 8 of them. I like cabriole legs so I’ll use them for the front legs. Complex but not overly so.

For the back legs and back I wanted something very comfortable, so I am going to add some complexity by making a curved back with lumbar support. Something you can lean back in after eating and be very comfortable.

I was thinking about doing a carved splat for the back but thought that would be a little too much so I decided to upholster the back and seat for more comfort.

Here’s my plan:

I know that you can see it too well but it’s the entire thing in full scale.

Off to the left edge you can see some templates I used to find the right shape for the back. On the right is a set of “ships curves” I used for the curved part of the drawing.

Next time I’ll be starting the back legs.

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

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 01:31 AM

Oh my gosh, this will be a treat to watch.
I can just imagine.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 01:32 AM

With the work you do Gary I know anything you make will be great. I look forward to more updates.


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#3 posted 04-18-2011 01:36 AM

Sounds like a nice project.

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Gary Fixler

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 01:46 AM

I’ll be very interested to see how this develops. I also didn’t know about ships curves. I want those now :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 02:17 AM

I will be watching you on this… Cabriole leg hah and 6 or 8×2 pieces for the chairs and 4 for the table. Wow. I am excited about it specialy with your skills. Thanks for making a series on this. Mabuhay sa iyo at sa pamilya.. God Bless.

-- Bert

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 04-18-2011 02:20 AM

Getting myself all braced for THIS one…
... s/b really GOOD… as usual.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#7 posted 04-18-2011 02:23 AM

Can’t wait to follow this, Gary!!!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 04-18-2011 02:30 AM

I’m in can’t wait to watch this blog…. Go for it Gary! One going str8 to my Watchlist!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 04-18-2011 02:39 AM

I had a couple more things I wanted to make first, but my wife kind of changed my priorities for me.

NNNNAAAAAAAA. you have to be kidding. LOL LOL

Been there done that, lol again

OK, I will follow seriously now.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 02:43 AM

You’re a lucky man to have such an understanding wife. Flip side is she’s lucky to have a husband that is such a good woodworker. Your project will be interesting I’m sure. Has anything here on the LJ site caught your eye?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 04-18-2011 05:06 AM

It’s nice you didn’t get too far ahead of what she thought was important.

Good luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 04-19-2011 02:02 AM

Can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’ll be adding this to my watchlist.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#13 posted 04-19-2011 04:39 AM

Oh yeah, I’ll definitrly be watching every episode (and as they said in famous TV show fron the 60’s; same bat time same bat channel)

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