Have y’all seen the end of “The Chairs”? Freaks me out every time.
It really hasn’t been until the crest rail joinery was done (so I could lop off that large reference on the front of the posts) and the crest rail was glued in (so I could wind the fronts and backs into of the posts to meet the sweep of the crest rail) that the lines of these chairs have fully revealed themselves - now I just need to do it 7 more times. Any guesses as to which of the tables I built last year that these are pairing with?
Been exploring in Santa Fe for a few days. Amazing landscapes, architecture, and art. Could have spent all day in this gallery with #gustavebaumann - beautiful examples of what else wood can do.
1) Draw it. 2) Build it. One more part, but I guess that’ll be a 2019 thing. Happy New Year all.
It’s a little different, yes, but I like to think of it as a watchful guardian. 16/4 mahogany, turned and carved. (And I’m lucky to have a sister who appreciate “unique” gifts.) Hope everyone has a restful day.
Santa’s workshop is in full swing, and the dining chairs are close to presentable, but thought I’d post these dudes since they’ve been guilting me for a few months now - their commissioned brethren got delivered months ago and they’ve been neglected ever since. I’ll order more leather one of these days.
I feel like I’m running a marathon in 100 yard sprints. Another day working, just not on the stuff that pays. I was told that as an adult things that needed to be done would come at a nice steady pace of one at a time - seems I’m either not an adult or I misunderstood what I was getting myself into.
As the old saying goes: some days you build furniture, some days you repaint your ceiling because the other white wasn’t really white after all and you’ve been sleeping at someone else’s house for 4 nights more than you told them you needed to and need to get out of there.
Joinery in Chaostown. And lots of it. (Both.)
Lots of paring in store for tomorrow, so I figured I’d end today with some sharpening. I typically use water stones, but felt like oil stones today - that water gets cold this time of year. They are slower, but there is something nice about the polish. And ultimately sharp is sharp.
They fit in. But really, who’s looking at the spindles with that hand painted wallpaper (from the 20s) all around?
I woke up Monday morning to a mild heart attack, realizing next week is thanksgiving and I have two little “in-between” projects I told people I’d have done by then. (I never thought November would actually get here.) Anyway, I’ve been speed-building this funny little desk (with mini drawer) and found myself with a stuck stretcher (admittedly a little too tight). Then I remembered this parallel block I made a while ago. It’s not as handy as I thought it would be, but it saved the day today.
Rescue chairs. I have a soft spot for these sorts. (They also make great plant stands.)
I feel like I’ve been working on these chairs for a month, but somehow I’m only laying out the parts now. I suppose that’s what happens when you go and buy a house (with my wonderful @meredithhartfurniture, of course). So with all the projects, at the shop and in the home, I’m guessing something will be done by 2021.
I don’t know why I love this simple little trick so much, but it’s a helpful one: when you need a bunch of parallel lines to some line that isn’t parallel (or a neat angle off of parallel) to your square, line an edge of a drafting square up to that line, then put a straight edge on an adjacent side of the square, firmly hold the straight edge, and slide the square along. It’s magic. And no mathematician can explain it.
Sometimes you want your work to stand out, sometimes you need it to blend in. Replacement spindles for an amazing staircase, now I just need to get the color right - and figure out a good recipe for that crusty varnish look.
Regal trio. Chairs to Philadelphia. Betty stays with us.
Inverted; as with chair, so goes life. The last couple of weeks have been pretty wild, but starting to level out. And the chairs have even managed to near the finish line. Best of luck to the lot of us.
There was a period of time when I was a kid that I thought I wanted to design cars. Then I learned that it wasn't just making models out of clay. And also you had to know math and stuff.
The drawknife: not just for green woodworking. I find it a super handy tool for wasting material - it's basically just a really wide chisel, after all. I'm chamfering the insides of the front legs on the chairs here, and I'll smooth it out with a spokeshave. Easy peasy and done before I could have changed bits in a router.