The multi-purposed 2x4 Winter 2008

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Blog series by YorkshireStewart updated 01-10-2008 08:59 PM 3 parts 7382 reads 32 comments total

Part 1: Roughing it out.

01-10-2008 12:50 AM by YorkshireStewart | 6 comments »

I normally spend very little time in my workshop in the winter months. The build-up to Christmas is a busy time, what with all the gifts I choose to make, and it always seemed much more appealing indoors. The ten paces through wind and rain to my ‘shop seemed such a long walk. (Here's the finished chair.) Until the Lumberjocks challenge, that is! My wife can’t believe the enthusiasm I’ve shown the last few days to get out there after breakfast, only returning when she presses t...

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Part 2: A bit of gluing. A bit of shaping.

01-10-2008 01:22 AM by YorkshireStewart | 13 comments »

Today, it’s some work on the back bow or arm of the chair as well as the seat itself. I’m starting by roughing out the profile of the two forward components of the arm. They’ll be connected by a third piece that will be stabilised during glueing with (pine!) biscuits. All three are bridged by a strengthening crest rail: A satisfying part of chairmaking to me(during which I turn down the workshop heating, thus improving my carbon footprint!!) is the sculpting of the se...

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Part 3: The last lap

01-10-2008 08:59 PM by YorkshireStewart | 13 comments »

An intensive day. I was determined to complete the job today, so I was out there bright and early, ‘garmented up’ against the cold. I first balanced the seat on a suitable block of wood and held the legs in different places until I was happy with the positions and angle. Then, using this home-made angle thingy and some pencil marks, I was able to drill the holes in the right place at the chosen angle. An extra pair of hands helps immensely with this! Cutting a slot for ...

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