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My first chair/bench project

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  • #127659
    wyattsa
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    First try. I used a crackled milk paint finish to make it look aged. The seat and comb rail were made from SYP, the spindles from white oak,and the legs are ash. The build for this project went surprisingly quick.

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    #127665
    dborn
    Participant

    Turned out great!

    #130005
    MaxWheeler
    Participant

    Well done mate I’m surprised more people aren’t into this project I loved it and I want to build one!

    Swindon, England

    #130071
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    Nice one, Wyattsa. I’d love to build one of them some day. It’s going to have to wait a while, though.

    Mind if I ask how you did the seat? Did you glue up same thickness boards or did you use thinner boards where the eventual thickness would be shaped thinner. And was there much difficulty in shaping the seat?

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #134263
    wyattsa
    Participant

    Sorry I didn’t answer this earlier, I just found the question. I glued the seat together by edge jointing a dimensional 2 x 12 and a 2 x 6. So it was 1 1/2 inches thick before shaping. The boards were SYP. I kind of eyeballed the profile I wanted and drew it in with a pencil. I used a scrub plane with a heavily chambered blade to remove most of the waste and refined it with a big gouge. I’ll say now that there wasn’t much difficulty, but at the time I remember cussing quite a bit. It took about two hours, maybe three. I finished it with a curved scraper. The back rail is SYP as well. The legs are ash and the spindles are white oak. I’m definitely making another one soon, it was a lot fun.

    #134331
    Matt McGrane
    Participant

    Thanks Wyattsa. I do intend to make one of these eventually and the seat is the part that concerns me the most.

    What’s a good project without a little cussing? LOL

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #419332
    kevinjames
    Participant

    Great job! I’d like to start this as my next project. It seems episode 1 starts with the seat portion already made. Am I missing something or does Paul show that part of the build somewhere?

    Thanks,
    Kevin

    #486533
    George Harris
    Participant

    Hi Kevin,

    In case you haven’t already figured it out, Paul has done plenty of other vids with sections on how to prep your wood into one big flat piece. There’s a good one on the recent chest of drawers build (early 2017).

    Hope this helps,
    george

    #548358
    wyattsa
    Participant

    Hi Kevin,

    I don’t check these messages often, so sorry for the delayed response. As George said, Paul goes over edge jointing large boards in other videos. Since I used construction grade lumber, all I had to do was plane the chamfer off of an edge, so it had a ninety degree corner, and glue them together. Usually I just do this by eye, but sometimes I will mark a line with a gauge to plane to. Paul goes over creating the seat profile in another video, I don’t remember which one. He used several methods, like a large hollow plane, a gouge, and even a shop made compass plane.

    Hope this helps,

    Shane

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