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Bench Repair (Part 1)

Fear not – that title bears no relevance to my workbench!! 😉

A few years ago, my mum purchased this two-seater bench-and-table combination piece, probably from one of the many catalogues she keeps under the stairs… It’s made from some kind of dark or ‘red’ hardwood and although, at first glance, you may think this timber looks quite durable, a closer look at the slats on one of the seats tells a different story…

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Notching Out

Lately, progress on this chair at college seems to have been going at nothing more than a snail’s pace! I lost almost two weeks-worth of college recently after injuring my thumb and a few hours were spent yesterday morning looking around the Paintworks Event Space for our July exhibition. It’s taken its time but my thumb has almost fully healed. If you’re patient, I may have some gory photos that’ll hopefully keep you all on your toes in your own workshops… For now, let’s just focus on this chair!!

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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…

Save the Chairmaker, Save the World!

My first chair but, not my design. Built back in 2005.

My first chair but, not my design. Built back in 2005.

As you’ll see in my Gallery, I’ve made more than my fair share of ‘square-framed-things’ since I first took up woodwork as a hobby in 2005. At college, I like to take the opportunities to almost push myself and try new things; which is why I have decided that, for my final year [six, if you include the three-years of Carpentry!], I will be tackling ‘The Chair‘. They say that, if you can make a chair then, you can make anythingContinue reading…

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