One Man's Junk - Chair #7: Lean on me

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 07-15-2008 01:10 AM 1187 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not much happened in the shop this evening. I decided to attach the Back Stretchers. Firstly I had to do some marking on the inside of the Back Posts so I would get a good idea on where to drill the recessed holes for the screws. I drilled pilot holes from the inside out and used those holes to guide the bit for the recessed screws.

Here I am at the DP. I actually managed to take this picture myself using the timer function. Yea . . . I know . . . all cameras have timers, however I did not realize there was one on mine. Why read instructions on something if there is no possibility of bodily harm? Anyhoo . . . this was the third take. The first was one caught me walking back to the camera thinking “did I set the thing correctly”. The second one caught a picture of my skinny butt bending over to pick up the chuck that I dropped on the floor. And the third . . . well here it is.

This is the final product of the Back Stretchers attached to the Back Posts.

This is how I got the bend in the stretchers. Last year I purchased 200bf of 15/16 poplar and there was one piece that was 16” wide. I said wow . . . make sure that I get that one. Within 2 weeks of having it in my shop it developed this “nice” curve. What better to use it for than a chair.

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#1 posted 07-15-2008 01:12 AM

Really coming along Zuki. Pretty soon you’ll be sitting pretty!

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#2 posted 07-15-2008 01:21 AM

Thanks B. Gotta run now and watch Canadian Idol.

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#3 posted 07-15-2008 01:22 AM

So what you’re saying is that you cheated on the curved back; you used pre-curved wood. Well, don’t that beat all. Next thing you know they’ll be making kits for this kinda stuff.

But you’re making better progress than I am. I’ve been meaning to ask, are there no side rails under that seat, or are they coming later?

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#4 posted 07-15-2008 04:18 AM

You are doing a great job. I have one comment to make. The curved backs will be prone to break. The grain for the curved backs should be going left to right instead of vertical. Take a piece of the board you used to make these backs and cut a piece the same as the backs. mount it in a way that the sides are firm and then put some pressure in the middle. It will most likely break rather easily.
I am just wanting to see you have a complete and strong chair after all of the work.
Good Luck, John

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#5 posted 07-15-2008 05:32 AM

Looking good. I am enjoying the updates. Thanks.

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

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#6 posted 07-15-2008 08:24 AM

Looking good!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 07-15-2008 09:33 PM

Russel – side rails are coming later.

John – I was thinking the same thing about the grain as the inspiration of this piece, and most other chairs, have the grain running parallel to the seat. However, prior to mounting the boards I did put a fair amount of pressure on them and they did not budge. Now when the chair goes into the house with a different humidity, that may change. If they do break they will be very easy to replace. Thanks for the heads-up though.

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