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Building for Comfort

Lately, I haven’t been able to spend much time online to update my blog (apologies for that). Though, I have been able to spend a good amount of time in the workshop (at least that’s something!) and I have continued making progress on the chair at college.

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Wood Machining Project 2009

About a year ago, I finished this relatively simple table, which was the wood-machining project for all second-year students in 2009. We were given twenty-six hours within which to complete the table and sand it ready for finishing – despite having to re-veneer the top and cut two new legs at one point (!!), I still managed to finish well within the allocated time (which equates to two full weeks or four-days in college, excluding breaks), although I did lose a few marks, as a consequence. We were only recently allowed to take these home and this has now given me a chance to think about finishing the piece…

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Shaping Up Quite Nicely

Despite the fact that I’ve again left you in the dark for the past month where progress on my chair is concerned [sorry!], my working pace feels like it has made a sharp shift in to second gear and things as things are really starting to move along now.

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A Hardwood Headache

Back to college this week after the Christmas break and another week off due to snow (with the exception of two students, last Friday…). That large quantity of 2in. ash I showed you previously had reached an average moisture content of 10-11% during the break, which meant it was ready for roughing out and cutting up this week. Read All About It!

Going Curve-Crazy!

Having previously curved both side stretchers, I've now subtly shaped the horizontal stretcher as well!

Do you believe that you can have too much of good thing? If you look at the current state of my college chair then, you’ll know I fall in to that other category. Because, like clamps, rolls of masking tape and woodworking blogs to read, I’m finding ways to add curves to all components on my college chair!

So far, I’m really pleased with what I’ve got. Although, I admit that this current design/amalgamation of ideas may not be to everyone else’s tastes. What is even more important here is that, despite its appearance, this chair is feeling pretty comfortable, almost relaxing, if I do say so myself! Continue reading…

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