Chair seat scooping jig

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Project by a1Jim posted 04-18-2014 05:40 PM 18558 views 28 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Friends
In my most resent project ,6 mission dinning room chairs I had a request for information regarding a chair seat scooping Jig that I used to scoop out the seats. Remarkable as it seems this jig is used on the table saw and does a good job once you get the hang of it.The video I found on youtube ” Carve a Chair Seat on the Table Saw with Mario Rodgriguez ” gives a very good idea how it works , in the video Mario states that after using the jig to scoop out the seat it only takes 10-15 minuets to clean in up to the finished product , unlike in the video I found it took much longer to clean up each seat. I found the design to be good but the shuttle has the challenge of making the handles strong enough to take the pressure applied in the process (note quick repair).

#1 photo the jig with seat blank an shuttle attached #2 photo center of fence with center “V” #3 photo the end of adjustable fence with number system #4 photo of end blocks that fence adjust on #5 photo repaired shuttle (connects to the bottom of chair blank)

Marios Video

Alternative seat scooping method by Charles Neil

The finished chairs


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#2 posted 04-18-2014 05:56 PM

I want to try this jig sometime, but I have to get a better tablesaw to do it. I currently only have a Ryobi jobsite saw, so it won’t be feasible yet. Great write up Jim! Strong Work!

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#3 posted 04-18-2014 06:05 PM

Hello A1Jim

A very nice jig

The mario’s video is very explicit

I will try this idea for another project
I have seen a video on you tube with this idea to ”””” turn ”””” a bowl
The mind is in reflexion

Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 06:11 PM

Very useful and informative post Jim, thanks very much. An added bonus was discovering that wonderful tool, the spoon plane, that I had not heard of before this morning.

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#5 posted 04-18-2014 06:31 PM


I’m always looking for time saving alternatives!

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#6 posted 04-18-2014 07:55 PM

Thanks for posting this Jim—I live near Mario, and have taken several classes from him, so I can go get a lesson in how to use it if I have any trouble.

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#7 posted 04-18-2014 07:57 PM

Nice build of a Mr. Rodriguez’s jig. Since you mentioned clean up took longer than expected, I would ask: have you ever performed a seat sculpting the old traditional way, and which method do you prefer?
Thanks for showing and the very interesting web links.

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#8 posted 04-18-2014 08:27 PM

Thanks everyone . It’s funny how these techniques find their way around Mario even explains how he found this jig in and old woodworking book.

Steve your very fortunate you have Mario so close to you ,he’s a very knowledgeable guy I’ve read a number of his articles in Fine Woodworking.

Oldtool to answer your question ,yes I have scooped a seat the old school way,using a Adze,scorp , and hollowing plane. And oh yeah that takes a lot lot longer. Since this was a rather shallow scoop I used this technique ,If I were to do a deeper scoop I would have used Charles Neil’s approach .


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#9 posted 04-18-2014 08:46 PM

Looks like it did the job very well Jim.

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#10 posted 04-18-2014 09:01 PM

Awesome Jim. Thanks for the information.

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#11 posted 04-18-2014 09:25 PM


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#12 posted 04-18-2014 11:33 PM

thanks…I favorite spotted it

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#13 posted 04-19-2014 01:32 AM

Very useful. Thanks for sharing the videos as well.

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#14 posted 04-19-2014 01:39 AM

That is really slick! Now you can mass produce those seats!!

Happy Easter…...............Jim

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#15 posted 04-19-2014 04:10 AM

I had seen this method before but had forgotten about it. I want to thank you for reminding me of this unique jig/process that I am most likely going to give this a try! I have in my wooden bucket list, a two seat outdoor bench idea and I think this would be the way to go ! Thanks for sharing !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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