Rocking Chair: An Online Course #2: Woodworking Begins

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 01-23-2016 04:53 AM 1301 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Need Reference to a Good Book on Chair Making Part 2 of Rocking Chair: An Online Course series Part 3: Plans Finally Delivered: Lost in the Post Office »

USPS somehow lost the chair’s full scale plans. They scanned them leaving the last main distribution center and then never got scanned again. They were packed in a shipping tube so it should have been unique enough to stand out. Eventually we worked things out to get a new set to me. That occurred yesterday, Thursday afternoon.

By Friday evening I have the plans mounted to 3 by 4 feet backer boards. I have used marker or masonite boards to etch the curved chair parts. That step was done by estimating the blank size needed to insert under the drawing. I used a scratch awl to punch holes through the lines every so often to leave marks on the white side of the 3/16” marker board. From thus I used a pencil or a pen along with French curves, straight rules and even thin strips of wood to outline the curves and lines.

This is the stage I am at this evening. Tomorrow after attending the third online instruction, I will cut the templates out on my bandsaw. From there I will use spokeshaves and card scrapers, etc to finish the parts to make them ready to cut mortises or tendons so the parts can be fitted together.

I am glad and excited now that I can start woodworking on this rocker.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 01-23-2016 04:03 PM

This is going to be a wonderful chair.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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