One Man's Junk - Chair #5: Scoopin

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 07-11-2008 02:17 AM 1336 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tonight I decided to attack the scooping of the seat. I had some concerns when Betsy reminded me about the pocket screws. The first thing I did was to determine how much, if any, room I had to scoop. Using a scrap piece of board and a freshly drilled pocket hole I estimated I had around 1/8 “ to play with. Great . . . now how do I scoop. Hmmmm.

After I sketched the scooping on the seat I took out my Mastercraft (Canadian Tire store brand) plunge router and ½ straight bit. I set the plunge for 1/16” and tested it in a piece of scrap. It was good to go. I popped a couple of homemade bench dogs in my bench, clamped the seat down and fired up the router. I must say the dust extraction port hooked up to my shop vac really cut down on the dust. This is what it looked like after I got done with the roughing out.

I used my RO sander to knock down the edges . . . and they I took Russel’s advice. I put the sander away and dug out some sheet paper. I spent the next little while going through the grits smoothing down the edges and taking out the rough spots. I must say it was much more . . . personal . . . I got to know the seat much more intimately just using hand power.

This is about ½ way through the sanding.

I’m pretty much done here although I need to spend a little more time on the fnishing touches. You can see the scoop in the seat.

At this point in time just about every woodworking tool I have is spread around the shop. Im going to need to spend some time putting some things away.

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#1 posted 07-11-2008 03:16 AM

Lookin good Zuki.

Why is it that when ever I get done working for the day, I have to spend at least 30 minutes putting everything back where it belongs? I even wind up putting tools away I never used.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 07-11-2008 04:37 AM

Zuki – I’m really glad you were able to avoid those screws. Would have been an unhappy day if you hit one with your router bit. Glad you had it in mind while you were scooping.

Looks like you are making good progress. What’s your next step?

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#3 posted 07-11-2008 06:11 AM

Looks good Zuki. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 07-11-2008 10:12 AM

Looking good!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 07-11-2008 11:16 AM

This is the part of chair building that most intimidates me. I would have never thought to use a router to clear the majority of the material. Looking good guy.

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#6 posted 07-11-2008 06:23 PM

Thanks everyone for following. I believe that this is the most detailed blog I have done thus far on LJ. Its funny . . . when I’m on the computer I’m thinking about wwing and when Im wwing I’m thinking about the computer and my presentation.

I think next I will be working on the underneath of the seat.

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#7 posted 07-11-2008 11:13 PM

Looks good Zuki. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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