Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cutting strips

You can see from the original picture that the table tops are made from many thinner pieces glued together. At first I saw that and interpreted that as a sign of cheap craftsmanship - you can save money on wood by assembling pieces of scrap rather than using nice wide boards. But when I noticed the cove cut on the underside of the top (the surface that touches the back when its a chair) I realized that using wide boards would be unstable. The wide pieces would warp, especially when thinned in the middle. Thus the many-thin-pieces strategy was really for strength more than anything else. So I'll do it too. And I'll do something the original doesn't do, which is bring that aesthetic of into the second layer as well (what will be the chair bottom). In the original they use wider pieces for that, but I think it will look better if it matches the chair back. So today I took all my nice wide pieces of walnut and cut them into 1.5 inch strips

Friday, April 26, 2013

New Table Saw Blade

A new table saw blade makes a world of difference, folks. It's such a pleasure, because you get to thinking your equipment is just lousy, and then pop on a new saw blade and it cuts walnut hardwood like butter.  I've made some progress on the table legs and side-bits (for lack of a better term). Basically, what's going on is that the legs are solid 1.5 inch (square) walnut, and I've attached them with one inch stock. Then I've glued on an extra piece to fill in the difference. The effect is that when you see it from the top or side, it will more or less appear to be 1.5 inches all the way around. Hard to explain - here's a picture.

I think it's still not obvious, but it will become clear eventually. The pieces are glued with standard woodglue and I've used pocket screws as well. Pocket screws? Yeah! They're awesome.

See? cool, huh. All that's left now is to give you some clamp porn

Next I'll start work on the tops, which actually consist of three independent layers of wood. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Back in the Saddle

The first pieces I've cut for the tables will be horizontal side pieces

You can see where the pieces will go in the picture below, linking the two legs. 

It felt great to start the work. Warm morning, low 60's. Sun beating down. Still cleaning my workshop, and thinking that the "workshop" will have to turn into a finished basement, so I think the workshop will be the driveway for the time being.