Top Secret....Rocker for my Wife #4: Build-up, let down, and neutralize

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Blog entry by bues0022 posted 12-02-2010 06:52 AM 5056 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got home from work today and was greeted by a package. My plans came in the mail!! I was really excited and tore open the package to starting pouring over the plans and the book. First, the CNC routed backrest template came out of the box. Next, the sets of plans. I’m still a little confused about the seat portion of the plans, but the rest look about as I expected them to be. Finally, the book. Wait…..where’s the CD with the book? SHOOT! Apparently the CD didn’t get into the package, even though my packing list shows it on there. Well, mistakes happen and I’m a pretty patient and understanding guy. I emailed Hal, and he’s going to have one in the mail for me tomorrow. Everything’s set then, right? Wrong.

I live in a suburb north of Minneapolis, and my wood supplier is an hour north of Milwaukee. I’m going back to that area this weekend and I really needed the part of the book discussing lumber selection. Do I need 4/4, 6/4, 8/4, bigger?) How much do I need of each? I’ve seen pictures of people with their chunks of wood layed out, and was hoping to basically have a raw-wood cut list going to Milwaukee this weekend. As I obviously have payed for the plans, I’m hoping to get a short section about the wood selection emailed to me while the CD is in the mail.

So, the afternoon started great, fell significantly, then ended about neutral.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 01:30 PM

Ryan – Look for 8/4, you need around 40 board feet. Look for 6”-8” wide or 11” wide, apparently you will have more waste with the 9-10” wide boards. Sent you a pm.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#2 posted 12-02-2010 04:00 PM

between hal and will be fine…it will be fine…the song goes…”dont worry be happy’’..enjoy the journey….....grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 12-02-2010 04:10 PM

Even just a few hours later things are looking much much better. Hal has been VERY responsive through emails. He reassured me that a CD is in the mail, and gave me a link to the first chapter of the book that’s online. I just quickly browsed it a little and there seems to be great info there. Furthermore, Timbo pulled through for me also by condensing some of the information. I’m not worried a bit now in being able to get my wood this weekend. Even without starting the actual build yet I’m impressed with Hal!

Is it bad that I just got to work this morning, and can’t wait for the end of the day so I can go home and pour through this new information? Haha!

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#4 posted 12-02-2010 06:34 PM

Keep up posted on your progress, once my work schedule changes in the next 2 months I might try this same chair.

Good Luck.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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Canadian Woodworks

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#5 posted 12-05-2010 05:23 PM

Get you self 40 – 50 bdft all 8/4

I’ve done lacewood chairs with all 6’’ material

a 11’’ or 12’’ slab is nice because you can make a 2 board seat, but not necessary most seats we make are 3 boards total seat width is 22 – 24’’ depending on chair size.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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