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Blog series by builtinbkyn updated 02-04-2019 08:03 PM 6 parts 5041 reads 115 comments total

Part 1: Testing My Skills or Lack Thereof

01-23-2019 03:48 PM by builtinbkyn | 24 comments »

Well I’m back in the shop for a bit while I wait for the season to change. There’s some miscellaneous stuff still remaining to do inside, but nothing major. Most of the work left to do is on the outside of the house and in the rear yard. Right now I have the opportunity for a little fun in the shop which will determine my skill level to attempt larger, more complex projects. Uggh! My real desire is to build a dining table and chairs among other things. I have some ideas on...

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Part 2: I think you really have to feel it

01-24-2019 09:40 PM by builtinbkyn | 16 comments »

We’ve all heard or read that the mark of truly beautiful furniture or a beautiful finish is that it beckons to be touched. Well it’s clear Maloof wanted that to occur with his sculpted designs utilizing amazing woods and sensual curves. While working on this experiment it became clearer to me that this needs to happen during the fabrication as well. I started shaping the seat last night. It was kind of late, so I didn’t get much done. After, I looked at what I had acc...

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Part 3: In the home stretcher

01-28-2019 05:27 PM by builtinbkyn | 13 comments »

So the legs are basically done. Now it’s time to turn some stretchers and see how the whole thing will fit together. Then I guess it will be time for glue-up and then further refining the shape and curves of the seat and the connection between the seat and the legs. The design calls for wedged and then splined tenons. Maloof wrote in his book that some people called it his signature. Other’s would probably agree the housed joint he used on chairs is really his signa...

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Part 4: Maybe things are shaping up

01-29-2019 05:35 PM by builtinbkyn | 26 comments »

Now I understand why Sam had that huge patternmaker’s vise. With the piece fixed in one spot, you need to be a contortionist to work on it. This might be a little easier if I had the stool glued up, and I may just do that soon after kerning the tenons for wedges, but I wanted to see what this part was going to be like. I also wanted to see how much damage I might do to the legs while rasping away at the seat rails. If I were to really gouge or scar them, I’d probably throw the...

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Part 5: Calling it a day

01-31-2019 02:47 PM by builtinbkyn | 14 comments »

Last night after dinner and with a cold one in hand, I finish sanded the stool to 180. Seems pointless to go further. There’s some tear out on the legs from turning that cannot be sanded out without changing the profile. Filling them isn’t going to happen either. There’s the voids from the glue up, some chip out near the joints from the rasp pulling out the end fibers of the end grain and a few deep scratches. I don’t think the effort to try to make this test of s...

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Part 6: Tying up loose ends

02-04-2019 08:03 PM by builtinbkyn | 22 comments »

I completed the finish, which consists of a first coat of a BLO/bees wax/mineral spirits with some dark walnut Danish Oil added to the mix. I did this to limit the penetration of the stain into the DF. The Danish Oil alone on the DF wasn’t looking that great. After wiping things down and allowing it to dry, I wiped the whole thing down again with denatured alcohol. I then applied a few coats of only the dark walnut Danish Oil, rubbing it down with steel wool between coats. Allowi...

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