Month: December 2012


Wow, Friday already? I almost missed it! Just like that, the busiest week of the season is behind us.  Here’s the latest ‘definitely not furniture‘ update. Simple gifts for the giving season. Family and friends. The utility and simplicity, hand shaping an off-cut can be the most rewarding projects when the heart is guiding the hand.   Happy holidays again!                                                                              ...

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The Autodidact’s Chair part six

Sorry to all the happy video viewer’s- but this post is a slideshow! It seems my external hard drive has somehow ‘digested’ the video clips from this segment but I have some stills to share with you. ( I arranged them on YouTube to maintain consistency in that format ) This is the lower chair frame joinery and was fun to make and figure out. Bridle joints are used on the four corners with a small mortise and tenon on the lower part of the upper frame, side stretcher. This is where the stretchers split meeting the front legs...

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The Autodidact’s Chair part five

This segment of ‘The Autodidact’s Chair’ picks up with rough dimensioning the poplar for the lower frame. The stock is ripped,  crosscut, and then dimensioned square before the frame parts are laid out.                   I  hope everyone has a peaceful and happy holiday season- Cheers!    ...

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Definitely Not Furniture 2

This weeks installment of ‘definitely not furniture‘ features a few examples of the wooden card holders/wallets I’ve made over the past month. Simple and clean, they’re a great way to use up those little offcuts around the woodshop. These ones have a leather strap that’s glued into a mortise in the bottom of the wallet and held in place on the front side with a small magnet closure. Ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to carry a full sized wallet, these ones will fit up to 4 credit/debit cards. A pleasant mix of wood and leather with just enough...

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The Autodidact’s Chair part four

After the bent laminations are cut to length and smoothed, the rails are made up from solid poplar. The parts are dimensioned and the joinery begins. I decided to use twin tenons on the corners for some extra strength and glue surface. The parts are laid out and the tenons are sawn first. I use a fret-saw to remove the waste between the tenons and a chisel cleans up the shoulders. The mating mortises are marked and I remove the bulk of the waste with a brace and bit. A little chisel work and the seat frame is dry...

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