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Forum topic by christherookie posted 05-26-2017 02:20 PM 578 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2017 02:20 PM

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I’m working on two Adirondack chairs and I’m finally at the stage where I’m ready to assemble it this weekend. Because I only have a couple of hours a day, I’m finding my projects tend to follow this process.
1. Get or make plans / Create cut list
2. Buy lumber and hardware.
3. Cut all pieces as basic shapes and store in stacks with post-it notes as to what’s what.
4. Cut any above pieces into unusual shapes, such as when one side needs a curve.
5. Route pieces if needed.
6. Drill pilot holes for screws, holes for bolts, etc.
7. Sand
8. Assemble
9. Finish

The only exception to the above is when a size is dependent on the assembled piece such as a drawer front.

What’s your process?

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#1 posted 05-26-2017 03:38 PM

Your process looks as good as any. I find that it’s sometimes necessary to change things up for certain situations, but you’ve covered the basics.

One thing I’d offer is that, instead of post-it notes than can come off, I use lumber crayons and chalk. I have yellow, red, blue and black crayons — yellow for dark wood, and the others to give me some flexibility in how I mark boards (I have my own systems that would make no sense to anyone else, but they work for me). On the occasion where even the yellow doesn’t show up well on dark wood, I use white chalk.

Not only do I mark which board is which, but I can note on board edges which side goes against the jointer fence for panels to be glued up. Doing that will eliminate any cumulative error for a fence that’s off by a fraction of a degree. I also note which edge is jointed, so when I go to the table saw there is no confusion. I mark corners that have been cut to 90º, etc. Oh, and when you’re jointing and planing, just do a cross-hatch or wavy lines down and across the board face, so you can see when you’ve completed the operation.

The crayons are available online and at Lowe’s. I like the Dixon brand. Lowe’s sometimes rebrands them with their logo, but the hexagonal shape is unmistakable. HD sells some DeWalt crayons that I’ve never tried.

They mark clearly, and if you don’t press really hard, the marks sand right off. They also are very hard compared to kid’s crayons, and last forever. I would not substitute Crayola because they are so soft and waxy, it might affect your finish later.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 05-26-2017 09:10 PM

Thanks for the notes on the crayons/chalk. Great tips on marking an edge as well!

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