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Blog series by Luddite updated 03-04-2015 02:43 PM 9 parts 16706 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: Project of no return.

01-11-2015 03:02 PM by Luddite | 6 comments »

1 Jan 2015 Morris Chair. Been there, did two, amazed it worked. Now being retired and needing to supplement my wood habit I turned to furniture ‘hooking’. It’s not a bad deal since we’ve no more room for pieces unless I replace what was done before. This blog is about building two Morris Chairs for barter. Our friend is a hair dresser and over the past few years I’ve made several custom pieces ( large sofa table, end tables, large coffee table)...

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Part 2: Fear and Loathing 1

01-11-2015 03:09 PM by Luddite | 3 comments »

2 Jan 2015 Begin…Milled wood for legs. 8 pieces to be 2.25” square.I now need to cut the rear legs at a 9.5 degree angle and make a tenon on the top. Will think on this and start soon. 4 Jan 2015 Decided to use my compound mitre saw for the topknot angled tenon for the rear legs. I cut the blank to a 9.5 degree angle and then marked out where the rest of the cut would be.With the saw still set for a 9.5 degree setting I adjusted the depth to 3/8, with stop blocks set, an...

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Part 3: Framing the Base Bliss

01-14-2015 01:32 PM by Luddite | 3 comments »

13 Jan 2015 Past few days I’ve completed the leg blanks. Prepared the upper and lower side rails with stub tenons. Using a taper jig cut the top rails to match the desired angle. Cut and sized the front and back rails along with the seat support cleats. Once done with these I carefully marked each leg with the mortise positions making sure of their relative locations. Two lefts don’t make a right. Mortising was a long grueling smoking endeavor. At first I’...

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Part 4: Fear and Loathing Part 2

01-22-2015 01:49 AM by Luddite | 4 comments »

23 Jan 2015 Update from somewhere up the dark river of no return. Spent some time repairing the dewalt and porter cable sanders (new pads,dust bags and switches). Work like new now. No more flying discs about the shop, this only enticed the shop cat into fits of apoplexy.Finished the fit for the corbels. Angled the back corbels to the slope of the leg top. Gee, it actually works. Rounded over the pieces for first chair and sanded them to 220. The mesquite and cherry really shine...

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Part 5: The Bent Arm Conumdrum

01-27-2015 01:39 AM by Luddite | 6 comments »

26 Jan 2015 Darn it! Ran into a ‘conumdrum’ of being unable to make the crooked morris chair arm as I did in the past. You know, cut from corner to corner and flip the cuts around. Well, I’ve been kinda dreading this time. My bandsaw is just not up to taking a 5” piece. Using the table saw isn’t on the radar either. Hmmmm? So as Baldrick would say to Black Adder: “Sir,I’ve a clevr idear. We could grow a tree with a 9.5 degree bend and w...

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Part 6: A call to arms.

02-06-2015 05:26 AM by Luddite | 3 comments »

4 Feb 2015 Thanks to comments and such I finally decided on my approach for making the chair arms. I’d originally had planned on the Stickley method of laminate and cut so as to keep the arm looking bent. Well seems I hit a wall here as my band saw is not up to the job and I was certainly handsaw impaired to make such a cut.I’d floated the idea of a cut and spline method and got some great feedback, thank lcwood. I plan on cutting the board for the arm twice. First an a...

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Part 7: Still wrestling with the wood devils.

02-14-2015 02:11 PM by Luddite | 4 comments »

14 Feb 2015 Much further along the project of no return.Sanding and some oiling with gluing up the base unit and arms. Seems it was a bit anti-climatic when making the arms. Now, that’s OK with me. Even though they do look a little frankenstein like it was a good recovery and taught me some new skills and ideas! I did use some black dyed epoxy to fill in some small gaps but does look good. After sanding and some oiling I’ve assembled the first baseframe. I’m quit...

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Part 8: OK. Don't get lazy now! You're almost there.

02-23-2015 01:03 AM by Luddite | 2 comments »

22 Feb. 2015 Well, the weather changed here. Went from a high of 70 to 81 this past week. I almost broke out in a sweat…..The desert flowers are just opening. The shop cats are very interested in the few little lizards sunning by the shop door. So enough on the weather. This past week seemed like forever. I decided to do some more inlays on the chairs. We went to the gem and mineral show. My first time after 40 years. It was interesting to say the least. I also did the ...

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Part 9: Journey's End, and so it goes.

03-04-2015 02:43 PM by Luddite | 2 comments »

3 March 2015 I’ve finally reached the end of this build. Soon the client will come claim her chairs and off they’ll go for their cushions. Glad but sad at the end of builds, well not for all of them. The “Tea Table” was one I didn’t shed any tears over. My phantom tip of thumb reminds me every time I mention that project. So here’s a wrap up of the Morris Chair build…. Early January. Legs and rails prepped. Bent arm conundrum reso...

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