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Archive for month: July, 2013

Boggs Side Chair Build: Preparing the Rear Legs for Bending

30 Jul 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Once I have all the rough blanks for the chair milled I am ready to prepare the rear legs for steam bending. As with most things in the process of building this chair there is more to it than simply cutting the parts to specific dimensions. You may recall when I milled the rough blanks […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Milling Blank Parts, Part 2

23 Jul 2013 / 2 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

After milling the blanks for the rear legs I turn my attention to the slat blanks. For the best joint I use wood with quarter sawn grain. When assembled, the radial grain in the slat tenon will run parallel to the long grain in the leg which makes the mating parts of the joint as […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Milling Blank Parts, Part 1

16 Jul 2013 / 5 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Now that I have milled or located good chair wood it’s time to start building the chair. The first step is to mill the blank parts out of the sawn lumber. This is more than simply cutting parts to size. Each board is evaluated to determine it’s suitability for various parts. And each part is […]

Grain Orientation and Wood Movement, Part 2

08 Jul 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

This week I’m taking a small detour from the Side Chair Build series to finish up my posts on grain orientation and wood movement. The principles of grain orientation and wood movement have a direct impact on milling part blanks from the larger board, which will be the subject of the next post in the […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Logs and Lumber

03 Jul 2013 / 2 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Building a Boggs side chair begins with selecting and milling a log. This approach puts you in control of the process all the way back to the log. If you do not have access to logs or a sawyer I will talk about alternatives at the end of this post. There are a variety of […]