A new dining room set for my wife! #23: Finishing up the back.

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-14-2011 06:54 PM 2118 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 22: The crest rail addition. Filling it up. Part 23 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 24: No, I'm not just messing around. I'm finishing up. »

Well, this will be my last post for a while. After this it’s a bunch of sanding and finishing.

There are three more parts I have to make not I’ll have to wait for the chairs to be assembled first.

If anyone is interested how I’ll do the upholstery, let me know or I’ll just skip posting that part.

Now I left off telling you that I wanted to reinforce the top of the back. Since I have never used dowels in a joint like this I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity.

I’m going to put two dowels in each end. I figure that should make if plenty strong.

Here I have clamped a little jig to the top of the chair. There are 3 little blocks extending above and below it. It extends below to line it up with the back of the chair and above to line up the crest.

I drilled the holes in the jig in the drill press to assure that the went straight. The hole is sized to be just a little smaller than the point on my brad point drill. That way it will drill perfectly centered.

Here it the crest placed in the same jig. I will turn it over and drill it from the other side. That way even if the hole was 1/8” off it would still match the hole drilled in the top since it would off the same amount.

Here on the left you can see the part with the pilot holes drilled and on the right the finish holes. Behind it you can see the jig I made to support the part while drilling the dowel hole.

Here is a part clamped in the jig that I just drilled.

Once I had all my holes drilled in the crest, I took the jig back to the drill press and opened up the holes. I clamp the jig to the top of the chair and the jig assures that I drill the holes straight. I also added a block around the drill bit to set the depth I drilled the hole.

And here is the proof that it worked. All the holes lined up perfectly.

Now you might be thinking that those two endgrain joints at the top of the crest won’t be too strong, right?
Well, once I glue in that insert from my last post, it will all be tied together just fine.

I’ll sign off here for a while. Lots of sanding and finishing to do. Like I said if you are interested in the upholstery let me know.

I can’t wait to start the table. That will be a breeze compared to all these chairs.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 05-14-2011 07:02 PM

Again… Thank you.

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

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#2 posted 05-14-2011 07:13 PM

Gary, I for one would like to see the upholstery portion if you are able. I can never get the corners to my satisfaction.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#3 posted 05-14-2011 07:38 PM

CanadianWoodChuck – I never said I was good at upholstery. I’ve never really done it before.

I just said, “If anyone is interested how I’ll do the upholstery”. So don’t expect anything special it I do it.

I’ll see how my corners work out!

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

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#4 posted 05-14-2011 07:46 PM

Gary I am sure you’ll be ok at it so share it with us please. By the way I have nearly finished my version of your beautiful backgammon set for my sons birthday present. Have taken some progress pics and will put these up for all to see. Thanks for the posts to date on the chairs I have enjoyed it very much and have learnt from it all.

-- Next to hunting I love woodwork best,,,,,or is that the other way around????

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#5 posted 05-14-2011 09:07 PM

I am going to miss this project when it is over. I so much enjoy each of your post. And, this project would not be complete unless you show us the part of upholstery.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#6 posted 05-14-2011 09:12 PM

Gary: A great set of pictures during this series. Nice job.

-- 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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#7 posted 05-14-2011 10:28 PM

I really appreciate this blog, and I am looking forward to seeing the upholstery. Thanks this has been great!

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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Gary Fixler

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#8 posted 05-15-2011 12:02 AM

Of course I’m interested in the upholstery bit!

I’m following along with everything you post. Share as much as you can. It’s all great stuff.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#9 posted 05-15-2011 12:06 AM

I think the dowels are a great idea. I have been reluctant to try chair building but have refinished and rebuilt a couple sets. Thanks for the great visual.

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alan coon

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#10 posted 05-15-2011 01:28 AM

Gary; Have been following your blog, outstanding !! Can’t wait to see a fin. chair

-- Al, South E. Az., But it's a dry heat.

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#11 posted 05-15-2011 03:10 AM

Great job, can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#12 posted 05-15-2011 03:23 AM

you have just been flying thruough these chairs, I was out of town a week and you posted 6 blogs. Took me all afternoon just to get caught up. It would take 6 months for me to do what you’ve accomplished in 30 days. Great job taking us all along for the ride. As always beautiful job.

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#13 posted 05-20-2011 02:35 PM

Nice as always! Going to hate to see this end!

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

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