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This is an Adirondack style chair which is assembled using no metal fasteners or glue. The one in the photo is constructed using MDF and cut on my CNC at about 2/3 scale which is the perfect size for a child. The last two pieces that go in look like little keys under the seat. Once those go in, that's it. I might make a few this summer out of cedar.

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That's a very nice looking Adirondack-and no glue/fasteners, very interesting!
 

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Beautifully done. I love it!!

Jim
 

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wow interesting!give us more and then ill judge!
 

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looks super comfy …... except for arm rest …...IMO ….....should be smooth ….......GREAT JOB :<))........Welcome 2 LJ's
 

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Beautiful Chair,
 

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Very creative idea.
 

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I would love to see your plans for this as well! What CNC are you using? I purchased a Shark some time ago. Fun but limited as to the size project you can build.

Toys, you can never have enough :)
 

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I would love to see your plans for this as well! What CNC are you using? I purchased a Shark some time ago. Fun but limited as to the size project you can build.

Toys, you can never have enough :)

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I have a Gerber Saber 408 that I bought used. It has a bed that can cut a 48"x96" sheet with no problem. It won't fit in my shop so it lives in the garage. That is the bad part about having a machine that size.
 

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What software are you working with?

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What software are you working with?

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I use SketchUp and AutoCAD. SketchUp is to draw the model, getting everything to fit perfectly, then I lay all the parts flat, export the file to AutoCAD to complete the cut file. SketchUp doesn't do curves (just a bunch of small straight lines on a curved path) so I use AutoCAD to swap the lines to curves and add relief cuts into the corners to compensate for the radius of the router bit. Note that the free version of SketchUp does not export vector files (.DXF or .DWG files) only the pro version does that. The Free version does everything else though.
 

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CNC = cheating!
 

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I seem to get comments like "Cheating" more often than not because I occasionally use my CNC. These comments are always from people who do not own one but given the chance, they would. My stance is that you are using a tool to speed up the process to use your time in the most efficient manner. I could make anything that my CNC can make using other tools but why? Does it make the end product better because it took longer to build? Also, the CNC is not a "printer" for wood - it takes hours, even days to set up the cut files and the machine to cut a project. If you are against the use of a CNC, then you should be against the use of a table saw, band saw, jointer, planer, and anything else that plugs in or uses electricity. An electrified tool is cheating in the eyes of Roy Underhill who cringes at anything but muscle power. I believe that you need to add value to your work so your customer can get the best product at the best price. If chairs are made without the use of a CNC, they would take much longer to build and there would be more scrap lumber produced. If you were making this for a friend or loved one, that might make sense, but if you needed to produce 50 chairs, you would get burned out and you would make little to no profit. A CNC router cuts whatever you programed it to and it's repeatable. It's not some magical tool that spits out finished products. CNC routers need more skill to operated that any other tool I own by a large margin. I think that (besides the cost) is what keeps most people from buying one.
 

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I agree john its a tool that makes the job faster and easier,the operator must possess the skil needed to create the project.i find little fun laboring with hand tools that can be done in minutes with a power tool.ive got nothing against the guys that live by them,plus I guarantee if woodworkers 100 years ago had power they would have used them.i wish I had the room for a cnc,and the patience to operate one-lol.
 

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What if you're using a calculator instead of a slide rule, are you cheating?

Technology advances, and when we can use technology to our advantage that's a good thing!

I have a lot of respect for anyone who can use their tools effectively, doesn't matter what the tool is. Norm Abram is amazing with self powered tools but no more or less amazing than what John has done with his cnc router.
 
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