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    kevinjames
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    My first chair went into the fire pit before it was even finished. The second one was going that way but I re-made several parts to much better tolerances. I decided if I scrapped every project that went this way I’d have nothing. So here it is. Doug fir and pine. I painted it because, well, it hid some imperfections. ?

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    BrianJ
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    Looks good from here. Did it come together solid? How many hours do you figure you have in?
    BrianJ

    Ontario, Canada

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    drdee1280
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    Hi Kev
    That’s a good start. Just think how far you’ve come already! Remember to enjoy each day as it comes!

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    kevinjames
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    @brianj
    I think the joinery was very solid. This is the first project I used Paul’s mortise guide on. It made such a difference. All my tenons I had to press in by hand and maybe just a tap to seat, so I was very happy with that. I think I generally make them too tight in the past. The seat was exactly square which really surprised me because I did have some slight gaps down at the compound angles. It was really difficult to get a good surface on the Douglas Fir legs, so I didn’t do any of the shaping because it was just tearing out too much. I don’t think I’ll use it again for that. In all I don’t think 40 hours is an exaggeration.



    @drdee1280

    You are very correct. I think we spend so much time staring at these joints that any imperfections become the focus. I had to remind myself to enjoy the process. I was happy again after I started the second time. I gave the chair to a friend who loved it so much that I remembered not to be so hard on myself.

    Learning everyday. ?

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    Matt McGrane
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    That’s awesome, Kevin. Way to go!! I found that making my first chair really prepared me for the next three. I still had hairline gaps on some of the side rail joints, but after 6-7 months of use the chairs are still solid as a rock. I wish Paul Sellers would show on video how to fine tune joints (especially the shoulder lines) that don’t come together perfectly.

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

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