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Blog series by Woodbridge updated 09-17-2014 09:51 PM 8 parts 19718 reads 65 comments total

Part 1: Make a Chair From an Oar

08-14-2014 03:17 AM by Woodbridge | 7 comments »

Last summer my cousin gave me an old oar and asked if I could use it for one of my projects. It was about eight feet long. I new immediately that I could easily use the oar for one of my chair projects. It fits exactly with the type of chair I like to build – three legs with a tall slender back. Now there is some family history associated with this oar. My mother immigrated to Canada in 1949 with her parents, four sisters and brother. Her father’s brother, wife and seven...

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Part 2: It Came to Me In a Dream .. Sort of ..

08-15-2014 10:42 PM by Woodbridge | 9 comments »

The evening I received the oar my mind was racing, thinking of how I might use it in a chair project. I went to bed but couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned. What kind of chair could I build? I knew that the oar was long enough that I could cut two legs out of the bottom portion and use the top piece for the back leg and chair back. I could make a three legged chair with a long slender back. That’s the kind of chair I build most often. Now if you are going to build a chair fr...

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Part 3: Stop Dreaming – Start Working!

08-18-2014 07:08 PM by Woodbridge | 9 comments »

I was able to find olive wood for sale at a hardwood supplier in the greater Toronto area and last fall I purchased 2” x 9” by 8 feet long olive wood board. I would use a portion for the seat and save the remaining portion for another project. Lately, I have started to build ¼ scale models of my project. Even though I had made a scale drawing (front side and top views) I could not visualize the slope and location of the Windsor style front legs. So I decided to build a simple one of th...

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Part 4: A Seat with Some Curves

08-20-2014 09:48 PM by Woodbridge | 12 comments »

The Italian 16th century Sgabello had a flat seat. They were used as hallway chairs. If the patron of the house wanted you to stay you were invited in. If not, they didn’t want you to get too comfortable and stay too long. For my version of the Sgabello I decided to go with a classic Italian mid-century modern look . My seat would have some curves to it. The olivewood seat is made from two pieces about 9 inches wide and 18 inches long. The boards were about 1.75 inches ...

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Part 5: Creating the marquetry panel – version 1

08-24-2014 10:23 PM by Woodbridge | 4 comments »

I’ve taken a few marquetry seminars at Lee Valley and found it quite interesting. I want to incorporate marquetry into more of my future projects.This would be my first solo marquetry attempt. I searched the internet for a picture of a trabocchi that I liked. Then I elongated it to match the shape of the oar and used the pastel feature on photoshop to create the elongated version. Next I copied a simplified version of the picture onto some tracing paper and used carbon paper ...

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Part 6: Marquetry Panel - Take Two

09-08-2014 11:10 PM by Woodbridge | 11 comments »

You can probably guess, given the time lapse between this post and my last one, that following the decision to redo the parquetry panel I did loose a bit of momentum on this project. However, I did cut a second marquetry panel and I am back on track. I made a few changes from the first version. I adjusted the size to better fit the top of the oar. One of the things I did not like about the first version was my choice to use dyed blue veneer for the sky and the cartoon like clouds. ...

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Part 7: Shaping and Final Assembly - Almost Done.

09-11-2014 02:38 AM by Woodbridge | 9 comments »

I have been making good progress the last day or so finishing up the chair. Once I got past redoing the marquetry panel the momentum picked up. This will be the last update on the Sgabello di Fossacesia prior to posting the final project (hopefully early next week). The budget light boxes ordered from Amazon arrived yesterday and I’m looking forward to using them when I photograph the finished chair. We’ll see if it makes a difference compared to the halogen work lights t...

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Part 8: Here is the finished chair

09-17-2014 09:51 PM by Woodbridge | 4 comments »

For those of you who have been following along with me as I built this chair I hope the final product meets up with your expectations. You can find the completed chair here. Thanks again to all of you for your comments and encouragement.

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