A chair for my daughter and everyone else!

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Project by KENVO posted 03-26-2013 04:47 AM 1048 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to build my daughter Gracie a chair for her birthday desk so I got a plan together but it stalled on the work bench for awhile. Then one day while browsing the tool section of my local craigslist I found a Shopfox mortising machine for sale for $50 bucks. Score!! It came with a set of chisels and was a little rusty but in good shape. I bought it, brought it home, and cleaned it up. I was stoked to use it and so I got going on the chair.

I mortised the front and back legs and tennoned the front, back, and side rails. I use my kreg jig to attach the back and suport braces on the bottom. I used a 1/4’’ round over bit to put a smooth edge on everything and painted it her favorite color pink. I used scrap 2×4’s for legs and rails and cut everything to 1 1/2’’ x 1 1/2’’. The back and seat top was scrap aspen I had sitting around. I’m going to stencil some hot pink designs on it and give it to her tomorrow.

While the chair was still in plan mode my wife asked me to build a couple stools for our breakfast bar so the kids didn’t have to stand while they ate cereal in the morning. They went so well I built a little hardier version as a shop stool. The kitchen stools are 1 1/2’’ x 1 1/2’’ leg and braces with 3/4’’ aspen tops, stained ebony. The shop stool is 1 1/2’’ x 1 1/2’’ legs and rails with 1 1/2’’ top all doug fur, shellac’d with red top and accents. Corbels for a little added strength.

My wife is now expecting a chair for her desk so she doesn’t have to drag one in from the dinning room each time she does paper work. Maybe i’ll do an all m&t chair for her.

Still learning but having fun. Thanks for looking.

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 08:07 AM

Nice work on these.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 01:12 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 10:56 PM

great chair and stools.
congrats on the new mortiser!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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