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  1. It always strikes me as funny all these years that Paul, a collector of tools, a maker of tools, a connoisseur of fine craftsmanship, has the cheapest looking tape measure I have ever seen. There must be a sentimental story there?

  2. He has had an underlying motive that expensive tools are not needed to make quality pieces. This shows those of us with limited budgets that it is not necessary to have “designer tools” to do designer work. Yes, we should take up a collection and buy him a new Stanley tape.

  3. Paul, I love this build series! I unfortunately don’t have access to a bandsaw and my living situation doesn’t allow me to buy one. What would you suggest is the least painful alternative to preparing these thin strips, ideally with hand tools? I suppose I could try ripping them off with my panel saw and planing to thickness. Is that the only way to go? I don’t think I’ve ever tried cutting such thin strips by hand but assume it can be done with practice?

      1. Guess I’ll stick with the earlier projects that don’t require a bandsaw which will always be outside my budget. Paul stated in the bandsaw intro video that it was going to be a complimentary piece of equipment and that projects can be done without it, but I guess not with the number of recent builds requiring very thin laminations.

        1. Thanks for the feedback on our bandsaw use everyone!

          We have tried to make sure our projects are accessible to as many people as possible. Getting curved parts for chairs is a tricky one to get right. We either sawed them curved (which would result in inferior strength and still a lot of work) or steam bent them (requiring additional skills and set up) or laminated. We felt laminations were the best approach, but we certainly recognise that this is going to be harder for those of you without a bandsaw.

          I’d make two points on that. One, we think it is a lot of work but certainly possible to make these laminations by hand. Two, we are currently doing some experiments in laminating fewer, thicker pieces together. This might work out to be a more accessible approach for those doing this with hand tools only.

          1. Would it also be a possibility to have straight slats and then add a curved piece to either end. The curves could be formed on two ends of a short board, that is then ripped and cross cut and then the individual curved pieces are glued on. (Plane a bevel and then fair it with a scraper, or cut with a coping saw and finish with a scraper.)

          2. I wouldn’t give up on steam bending in this case because the pieces are relatively short and not very thick. I have a big oval pot that would hold them and suspect many others have such a pot. Shaker box makers bend using hot water in very simple troughs of on a hotplate rather than steam. I’ve wondered if a metal drywall “mud pan” on a hotplate would work for this. Also, there are steam bending methods using microwave ovens that might work on these pieces, so there likely are other options using solid slats, which would avoid all the thin resawing.

            There are 10 years worth of masterclasses and the vast majority do not require a bandsaw. If the goal of MC is to instruct, then I think it is reasonable to have later (current) episodes venture into areas that some may not be able to follow or require more independence from the student. In this case, the design of the chair (the lion’s share of the work) is done, but the student without a bandsaw needs to do research and figure out alternative ways to achieve a portion of the design.

            This is a hard tradeoff (what tools, how much to leave to the student) is hard to make, but I think you guys are doing an excellent job at it. At first, I didn’t like the new format videos that started some time ago, but I’ve come to appreciate and like them because they really are like master classess in that more is assumed of the student’s experience; the student is expected to be able to figure some things out; and there is more free flow of the teacher so that we get to see how he would work if he (Paul) were just at his bench working instead of the stilted pace of teaching.

    1. Chris, Especially since these are short pieces, I wonder if you might find relevant information about riving (splitting) dry wood? I’ve never tried it, so it is just a guess. If you try it, please post something. This may require careful wood selection, both species and grain.

    2. I recommend a Roubo frame saw and kerf saw (parts kit from bad axe tools, lacrosse, wisconsin, usa is $290-$315) and a turning saw for curves. While a bandsaw is admittedly easier, the turning saw/frame saw combo can replicate most work done with bandsaws.

  4. You also don’t need a thousand dollar plus bandsaw. Unless you are ripping 10 inch veneer all day , a small table top saw could do a lot of work for you. For a couple hundred bucks.it would be slower but handy.

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