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The Autodidact’s Chair


Innovation in Tools

Veritas Tools, Lee Valley Tools, custom bench planes, new bench planes, tom fidgen, the unplugged woodshop, made by hand, woodworking tools, hand tools, woodworking,

  In early July, ( about 10 weeks ago ) I was invited to the head office of Lee Valley & Veritas Tools in Ottawa, Ontario. I was told it was to be a kind of “secret meeting“.   But why all the secrecy? Why…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part nine

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Monday morning wake up call- the last installment of the autodidact chair series. The finish is well, finished, the leather is attached and I’m sitting on it right now typing this! It’s an extremely comfortable chair, nestles you in almost like a hammock. The weave…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part eight

Water-based stain and shellac.

Back again with the second to last installment of the Autodidact’s Chair. With the wood work complete, it’s time to stain. I’m really not a fan of staining wood and this project re-affirmed that again in me. But, that said- I knew going into this…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part seven

Leg ready for bridle joint.

Refining the parts and the glue-up.   That pretty much sums up the action in this clip. Enjoy~; ) As we welcome in the new year, I want to say thanks to you, the reader out there who finds the time to visit my website….


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The Autodidact’s Chair part six

Making it up as I go....

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…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part five

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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…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part four

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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…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part three

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After the laminations are complete, the lengths and edges need to be defined. The chair stiles are a little awkward to work due to their shape but a hold-fast comes in handy and helps keep them in place while I crosscut them to length. Once…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part two

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After the bending form is complete it’s time to make some chair parts. I’m using 10 strips of  1/8-in. poplar for the laminated sides. The poplar is easy to rip with a veneer saw and in no time I’m ready to start the glue-up. I…


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The Autodidact’s Chair part one

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As mentioned, this design was inspired by the ‘scoop chair’ I hold in my memory. The bent seat was a given, but I wanted to re-design the frame as well as incorporating a woven leather seat. I want this piece to have a contemporary feel…


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The Autodidact’s Chair

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“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” – Aristotle Autodidacticism is self directed learning and an autodidact is a self-teacher. I think this suites me to a tee. From writing and playing music, to boat building and onto working wood, I’ve…


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