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Boggs Side Chair Build: Post Bend Shaping—Rear Legs, Part 1

03 Sep 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

The bending is complete and the rear legs have been drying in my drying closet for about a week. I always check the moisture content before removing the legs from the forms. In this case the legs have dried to about 8 or 9% moisture content so I remove them from the forms. I’m now […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Bending the Slats

27 Aug 2013 / 2 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Now that I have milled slat blanks it’s time to bend. Normally I mill the slats while the rear legs are in the steam box then steam and bend the slats after I bend the rear legs. If I am steaming the slats in a separate session I wait for temperature in the steam box […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Prepare Slats for Steam Bending

20 Aug 2013 / 2 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

If you remember from the post on milling blank parts, I cut the slat blank from clear, quarter sawn stock. It is about 4 1/2″ wide x 22″ long x 9/4 thick. Here is the rough blank. The first step is to face joint one face, then edge joint one edge 90° to the jointed […]

Rocker Class with Brian Boggs

17 Aug 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Brian has just announced that he will be teaching a six-day rocker class in his shop in Asheville, North Carolina on October 21 through October 26, 2013. The class will be preceded by an optional one-day class on sharpening hand tools. Find out more about the classes and how to register here. Taking a class […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Steam Bending, Part 2

13 Aug 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

After the final, pre-bend milling of the rear legs they are now ready for the steam box. I like to start by adding boiling water, rather than cold water, to the steamers. This greatly accelerates the time it takes to get the steam box up to maximum temperature. I pre-boil the water in an electric […]

Brian Talks Chairs

13 Aug 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Brian recently did an hour long podcast on Fine Woodworking’s Shop Talk Live. It’s a far ranging discussion from his early days as a chairmaker all the way through to his present endeavors. Click here to go directly to the podcast on your web browser. Or go to the Shop Talk Live page on Fine […]

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13 Aug 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

I’ve recently set up a form where you can subscribe to the Chairmaker’s Journal. Every time there is a new post I’ll send you an email letting you know about it. I will never use this list for anything else and you can unsubscribe at any time. Subscribe to Chairmaker’s Journal   Jeff Lefkowitz | […]

Guest Post: George Ingram

11 Aug 2013 / 0 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Brian and Jeff Help Culminate a 20 Year Odyssey Some twenty years ago I made the Nakashima inspired table in the accompanying photo from a walnut tree from the mountains of Madison Country, Virginia. I then began looking for the right chairs. Finally, seven years ago I found Brian Boggs and his ladder back chair […]

Boggs Side Chair Build: Steam Bending, Part 1

06 Aug 2013 / 4 Comments / in Chairmaker's Journal

Steam bending is a wonderful, almost magical, way to make curved parts. In a matter of hours I can transform what looks like a completely unbendable rough board more than 2″ thick into a beautifully curved chair leg ready for final shaping. The process uses material efficiently, especially compared to cutting out the same shape […]

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 […]