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More Chairs!

The Boss wants a new set of kitchen chairs to go with the kitchen table I made last winter. I started the prototype today.

Finished chairs with table

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The finished kitchen table and chairs.

The legs and seat rails are made of cherry, and the back rails are maple. The seat will also be maple. I’ll update this as this prototype is finished and more come into existence.

23 April 2017: legs tapered. Everything on the chair sanded and assembled. All mortise-&-tenon joints pinned with walnut dowels. Finally, two braces installed on the insides of each leg joint – one high and one low on the joint. Only one of these inner braces is installed right now; the second set will be installed after the seat is attached. Hopefully, this is enough stabilization of these joints to allow me to get away with no lower struts on the legs.

23 August 2017: Finally, all the chairs are finished, so the kitchen table and chair set is complete!

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A New Table

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Cherry boards sized for the base of the trestle table.
Cut boards for base
Cherry Base finished.
Finished base
Gluing curly maple table top.
Gluing up table top
Curly maple figure in table top.
Figure in table top
Finished table.
Table finished.

I started a new project today – a dining room table for Mary Poulson’s new house. My plan is for this to be a trestle table, with a cherry base and a maple top. This evening I got started by planing and cutting the cherry boards to size for the trestle base.  I’ll update this post as I make progress. UPDATE: 13 April 2014, Turned the cut pieces into the finished cherry base today.  See the second picture in the gallery above. UPDATE: 19 April 2014, Went to Sharp’s Lumber on Little Squam Lake this morning and got some beautiful curly maple boards for the table top.  When I got home, I planed them, squared and biscuited the butt joints, and glued up the main surface.  The top has beautiful figure in it! UPDATE: 19 July 2014, Gave table to Mary at her retirement party yesterday.

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Another rocker in the works.

I started building a new rocker for Gail.  This one is also to be a Maloof-style rocker.  It’ll be made of cherry, with walnut accents.  I started it just after Christmas (2012) when I finished the dining chairs.  Here’s a gallery of the process.

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The seat is carved, the legs are cut to rough shape, and the joints are fashioned.
Seat and legs in rough outlines
Here is the chair with all four legs when it was first put together.
The first rough assembly
Legs look nice after a day of spokeshaving and rasping.
Shaped legs
Legs and armrests glued up and ready to be shaped together.
Legs and armrests on
Spindles finished and inserted into crest rail.
Spindles and back on
Crest Rail shaped to be a owl's head for the ornithologist who will sit in it.
Crest rail shaped
Gluing up cherry and walnut laminates to make one of two rockers.
Gluing cherry and walnut rocker
Bent and laminated rockers are glued onto the chair legs. It's now a rocking chair.
Rockers glued on
The legs are carved into the rockers. All that's left is the finish sanding and finishing.
Rocker shaping finished
It's done!! A side view of the rocker. Note the walnut inserts in the rockers, and the walnut plugs.
Gail's Owl Rocker
A front shot of the finished rocker to highlight the owl silhouette of the crest rail, a design touch for
Gail's Owl Rocker

I’ll update this post and add to the gallery as the chair progresses.

UPDATE 1 January 2013 – I spent much of New Year’s Day shaping the legs (see the third picture in the gallery).  Work is great when the radio is good.  Summer weekends are always good because there’s baseball on the radio.  Today one of our local stations was playing the Beatles A-Z – the entire Beatles catalog in alphabetical order.  Spokeshaving to the Beatles is a good thing.

UPDATE 20 January 2013 – Legs and armrests attached to the seat.  It’s starting to look like a chair.

UPDATE 11 March 2013 – Spindles finished and inserted into seat and crest rail.

UPDATE 17 March 2013 – Crest rail shaped to resemble the outline of an owl’s head. Gail is an ornithologist, so I thought it was fitting.

UPDATE 24 March 2013 – Glued up first laminated rocker. These are made by milling 3/8″ x 2″ x 53″ strips of cherry. I added one 1/8″ strip of walnut for an accent in the stack. From top to bottom the stack is 2 cherry, 1 walnut, 4 cherry.

UPDATE 12 April 2013 – Shaped rockers are now attached to the chair.  It’s now officially a rocking chair.  Handmade with one or two imperfections, but that proves it’s handmade.  Can you find them?

UPDATE 14 April 2013 – The legs are now carved into the rockers.  All that’s left is final sanding and then finishing.

UPDATE 26 April 2013 – IT’S DONE.  Gail’s new owl rocker.

Gail's Owl Rocker

Gail’s owl rocker made of cherry with walnut accents.

Gail's Owl Rocker

It’s Done!!

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