Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #11: A Lumber Mill Run

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 12-04-2017 04:13 AM 1742 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: CAD Templates and Pattern Sanding Test Part 11 of Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair series Part 12: Roughing It »

The Sapele that I ordered arrived at Hearne Hardwoods earlier in the week. I need about 300 bf for this set of chairs. I can get all of the components for a single chair from one 8/4 board as long as it is at least 9” wide and 10’ long, so I need at least 12 boards. Ed at Hearne brought in 400 bf of wide 8/4 quarter sawn Sapele for me to select my boards from. The boards are all 16-18 foot lengths, and 10”+ wide.

At 16 to 18 feet long these boards are too big for my trailer and wood rack. I had the mill cut them to 11 foot lengths for easier transport and handling in the shop. At 11 feet they hang off my utility trailer a bit front and back.

I also received the quote for the CNC cut templates, a very reasonable $345. The templates will be made from 1/2” MDF and should be ready in about 2-3 weeks.

While I wait for the templates, I will start roughing out my chair parts on the bandsaw.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#1 posted 12-04-2017 04:16 PM

Nice looking load of lumber. I went to the “Wood Store” Saturday, which for me is my kiln out back!

I bet that sapele mills up really nice.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 12-04-2017 05:52 PM

I’m green with envy that you live close enough to Hearne Hardwoods that you can drive over there. That is a seriously fat stack of premium wood.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 12-04-2017 07:37 PM

looks like a load of fun to me tung.cant wait to follow your journey on this build,

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 12-07-2017 11:01 PM

What an awesome project, keep us udated

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

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#5 posted 12-09-2017 12:20 AM

Very handsome stack of sapele!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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