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Drop Leaf Table #4: Back to the Table

12-07-2019 02:09 PM by Tom | 2 comments »

Finally getting back to my table project. Work, family, holidays, etc. I think one of my biggest challenges is stepping away from a project and then getting my head back into the process from where I left off. So with the three rails completed with mortise and tenons, I can work on the drawer rails. On the original antique table, the top rail appears to be a bridle joint. I could not tell how the lower joint was constructed, but my guess is a mortise and tenon. I decided to ...

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Drop Leaf Table #1: An Old Drop Leaf Table

11-20-2019 07:04 PM by Tom | 7 comments »

My wife and I found this old drop leaf table at a local antique fair. I thought it was a nice size for a breakfast nook or a sitting table in the office. I was intrigued because it was obviously quite old and showed signs of being made with hand tools. I don’t know what wood it is made from, maybe just pine. It uses swing arms to support the table leaves and the drawer is nicely dovetailed. I could see gauge marks, hide glue and roughly sawn stock on the underside. T...

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Morris chair restoration #5: Assembly: I might be considered square, but this chair certainly wasn’t.

11-11-2019 09:59 PM by lightweightladylefty | 4 comments »

Absolutely nothing was even close to square. The left side of the front rail was ¼” taller than the right side. The legs (front and back) were not square to the frame. You can see that the cushion frame is crooked as it attaches to the wooden framework. The back horizontal piece was too twisted to retain so I replaced that part. The arms, spindles, and carved parts of the chair were oak, but the remainder is a conglomeration of other woods, although mostly maple. The seat por...

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Morris chair restoration #4: The seat cushion

11-11-2019 09:14 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

The seat cushion was really delightful. A couple of separate foam cushions had been added to the chair to make it usable when I was a child, but this is how it looked now. It’s hard to imagine anyone could sit on this with the padding nearly disintegrated and untied springs protruding! After detaching the legs and removing the original upholstery, this is what remained. In the front the undulated wire which held the springs was badly bent; in the back it was completely broken. N...

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Morris chair restoration #3: The back cushion

11-11-2019 09:00 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

I removed the mid-20th-century gray marble vinyl to reveal more of the chair’s history. The top cushion’s original upholstery which was under the gray marble vinyl appeared to be an early attempt at Naugahyde – almost like a painted coating on the fabric. The back cushion’s springs were in good shape. The original straw and cotton was in pretty good shape, too, but I decided not to recycle any of it. So I retied the springs and reinforced the back with two strips of wood . . . ...

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Morris chair restoration #2: The frame

11-11-2019 08:37 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

The wooden frame was much worse than I had realized. Boards had been nailed to the bottom to keep the springs from falling through. The burlap was recycled from a Burlington, Wisconsin Murphy Products feed sack which still had a portion of the label attached to it. You can also see that a rough piece of lath across the front inside had been screwed to the front legs to hold the legs together. Initially, I thought I could simply take the four main chair sections apart. I redrilled the ho...

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Morris chair restoration #1: I may have bit off more than I can chew

11-11-2019 08:08 PM by lightweightladylefty | 0 comments »

Disclaimer: Please be aware that just because I have documented this journey does not mean that I have a clue about what I’m doing. Note: The chair is now finished but I decided to document my journey in a blog rather than posting all these photos with the final project. [I tried to put sections together in a way that would be understandable and not necessarily in the order in which I tackled the project.] When I was a kid, I remember napping in this Morris chair at my grandpar...

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Folding frame saw #3: Folding frame / buck saw - hiking version part III.

01-06-2019 06:20 PM by mafe | 7 comments »

Folding frame / buck sawhiking version part III. Last part of the blog, ended here, with the basic saw made.In this part, we will make the hardware and some leather details. To hold the blade, I threaded the wood, with a tap, so it can hold a bolt.(The blade can be held in many ways, I’ll show an alternative later). I cut a drive in the center of brass threaded rod, with a hack saw.Just a mm or so. Try to hold the saw straight and hit the center. Cutting the piece of to l...

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Folding frame saw #2: Folding frame / buck saw - hiking version part II.

01-04-2019 11:24 PM by mafe | 14 comments »

Folding frame / buck sawhiking version. Press here for part three: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/129193 So let’s get on with the build, last time we looked at an antique carpenters folding frame saw, which was the inspiration for me to do this project – in this part of the blog, I’ll walk you through my own build. To make some understanding, we start here. This is the saw I will be making, a foldable frame saw for my hikes.I went for a fixed blade and string for ...

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Folding frame saw #2: Link for part two.

01-04-2019 11:21 PM by mafe | 2 comments »

Press this link to get to part two, LJ’s gone sick and made a double…http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/129185Sorry.Best thoughts,Mads

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