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    Chair pics

    These are from a couple years ago, but somebody asked about pics of the mesquite chairs I finished last week. The first two are a set with upholstered seats, the third is of one with a wood seat (like the batch of six I just finished).






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    VERY NICE! I really like the finish. It's hard to tell in the third pic but did you shape the seat bottom?

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    Out of curiosity did you use a bandsaw to cut out the legs and if so what type if you don't mind? Allen Levine is getting ready to build some chairs and is looking to buy a bandsaw but doesn't know what to get.

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    Nice looking chairs Kirk! Chairs are one project that I haven't tried yet. Except a Morris chair once. I built the one in WOOD magazine about 10 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Bienlein View Post
    Out of curiosity did you use a bandsaw to cut out the legs and if so what type if you don't mind? Allen Levine is getting ready to build some chairs and is looking to buy a bandsaw but doesn't know what to get.
    hey, dont confuse me with someone that knows what they're doing and has talent.
    If my chairs come out 1/4 as nice as those, Id be thrilled.

    those are just so pretty and neat, clean looking, nice lines,great back legs.

    cant follow that, no way.dont matter what bandsaw I get,
    Last edited by allen levine; 03-13-2009 at 06:14 PM.

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    Sure you can. Chairs aren't that hard after the first one... just takes some patience.

    The legs are rough cut on the bandsaw and cleaned up with a template and flush-trim router bit. I use the template to finish cut one leg, then use that leg as the template to cut the other leg for a chair. I use a couple spots of hotmelt glue to hold them for routing, then 'gang sand' the front and back surfaces and make the mortise reference marks while they're still attached. Bandsaw is an 18" JET, but I used to use a 14". Nothing special about the saw.

    The seat is scooped with a router using a jig that WOOD magazine had in a rocker issue several years ago. I've never been good enough with a grinder to just use that... and with the jig I can get a repeatable scoop for many chairs. Here's a pic of the scoop on a different chair...


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    I appreciate the vote of confidence, but I still find I lack the fine skills needed to tool wood perfectly everytime. In order to make 6 chairs identical, you have down to where its second nature, just another project incorporating different skill levels youve learned over the years.
    Its those skill levels and techniques I still find Im lacking that turn my projects into a bit less than Id want each time. They are improving, but Id kid myself if I thought Id turn out a bunch of chairs, no matter how simple, where each one would be identical and finished the same.
    Im not discouraged either, Im in this for the enjoyment of producing anything out of wood. I enjoy the challenges and some of you guys have no clue how much I appreciate the little tidbits of info I get out of you.

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    Trick is to cut all the like parts at the same time... then they ARE all alike. You'll get there.

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    Really nice work Kirk. I'd be proud to have them in my kitchen. The address to ship them to is . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Constable View Post
    Trick is to cut all the like parts at the same time...
    I don't even want to remember all the times I've gotten my miter saw setup for cuts then, without thinking, moved the blade to cut a board to length.

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