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    Addicted to working with wood esp chairs and sculptured furniture. Most of my pieces made from lumber milled with my chainsaw

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  1. Well my point is a lot of chairs you buy today are not going to have the joinery you plan to use. Most mass produced chairs are just held together with dowels. Regardless of their construction, 6 x $325 is $2000, minus your $450 investment saves a decent sum. I know it's not massive but sounds like you have an argument to add a new tool to the shop, or at least buy some more lumber!
  2. Really like the detail in that backrest, very cool. What you are making would be so expensive to buy. Most mass produced chairs are lacking very much in quality. Not many pieces of furniture get worked as hard as a chair. It's one thing to buy a mass produced cabinet, no one sits on it or drags it across the floor. Mass produced chairs cannot hold up to what people put them through.
  3. Finally got some time in the shop and I'm navigating new territory right now. I've got the bottom or "base of the chair glued up. I've also got the back of the chair glued up. Just need to glue these together then start on the arms; I've lengthened the back supports and it looks much better to my eye. Everything is fitting together great and before i move to the next step I need some approval from the upholstery guy. I've got the seat supports squared away for the seat cushion and they are glued in place. The supports for the back cushion are a little tricky. My guy want supports attached to the frame but with some space between the supports and the frame. Here's what I've mocked up waiting for his approval, nothing is glued yet with the supports so I can change them it he wants. I'm using hickory for the supports, thought there wasn't a tougher wood out there; I've got about 1/4" space all the way around and I'll glue it to the frame using small 1" blocks, the blocks in the picture are larger than what I plan to use; I've also cut the cushion supports to match the curve and sweep in the back; A couple pics with the back clamped to the base; Also been working on the sanding and shaping and I'm really happy how it's turning out. Once I'm done this chair I will have learned so much in doing chairs with upholstery and I'm very excited to add this to my skill set. After this chair I'll be dreaming of all the new possibilities for future chairs! Thanks for looking.
  4. Bmac

    Got the chainsaws out

    Very true, those portable mills are portable, but you still need to get the log on the mill. Dragging a log out of a ravine or out of the woods is no easy task. Nothing is as portable as a chainsaw mill, and nothing works you out as hard. I agree with you that keeping the logs smaller helps, but you do end up losing some on each end with possible checking. My sweet spot is about 7 to 8 feet. Why? Well my truck has an 8 ft bed, any longer the boards get too heavy, and I have a bunch of 8 metal roofing to cover my piles. Also I always mill thick and resaw in the shop, minimizes loss of material with the wide kerf the chainsaw makes. Boy sawing all day with that would make you Paul Bunyan. But it chews up some wood. My favorite saw to cut with, not mill with, is this sweet ported Stihl 044 with a 25" bar, that thing is pretty light, nimble, and can really cut. Seems to be the perfect mix of power and size. Don't like cutting with my 660s much, little heavy.
  5. Bmac

    Got the chainsaws out

    Nailed it there Tom. If you can't move logs the bandsaw mill is a problem. Also with no hydraulics on the mill it makes it tough, but not impossible. I love my chainsaw mills because of it's portability. Works great for me to mill all the wood I can use.
  6. Bmac

    Got the chainsaws out

    First time milling with a new saw, picked up a Stihl 084 this fall, 122 cc's of milling power. Got it used of course, matches well with my three Stihl 660s (2 were bought used, the other is a Stihl clone). Milling is hard on saws and I frequently have had one of the 660s in the shop during my milling season. I think I have an issue with chainsaws, I own 8.
  7. Bmac

    Got the chainsaws out

    Those will sit outside under cover for at least 2 summers, likely longer. I then rotate them into the shop where I try to let them sit for a few more months. I can get them down to about 8-9% that way.
  8. Beats a day in the office, that's for sure. Milled up 2 cherry and 1 walnut log. All total about 2.5 hrs of hard labor. I'll sleep well tonight. Still have a few walnut and cherry logs to harvest this winter. So many chairs to make.
  9. Thanks guys for all the comments, I've enjoyed reading everyone's thoughts. A few comments from what I've read. @Chet, so right that many of us have different styles in our home as we have the ability to build what we like. I too have a mish mash of styles and it doesn't bother me because I know I have pieces that are well made and expensive to buy. @curlyoak, great point about the medium in which we work, using beautiful wood really makes a piece, regardless of style. For those who like the ornate styles, I completely understand your attraction to it. It classic and challenging. Didn't mean to put down Shaker style as a simplistic style construction, but it seems to be many of our first styles we built. Yes Nut, that chair is something I'm attracted to. When I've looked at Finn Juhl stuff, some of it is a little to out there for me but that chair hits my sweet spot. Thanks for the link, it's interesting for sure.
  10. Coop, I was with you on the MCM style a few years ago, couldn't figure out it's attraction. The Ikea like look was a real issue with me too, esp all the plywood used in pieces. But looking at pieces from some builders (Maloof, NakiShima, Esherick, and even Krenov) they upped the bar on this MCM style and it has sucked me in. Also, with my love of chairs this style has alot to choose from. @Chestnut I just ordered a few MCM books, I'll get you a review in a couple weeks. Real excited with a book I found the ranked the 100 best MCM chair designs.
  11. With small hand sanders I prefer the smaller dedicated units. The larger unit you linked to should definitely be a possibility but for my smaller tools the shop vacs, two prime examples are Fein and Festool, will probably do a better job at the localized fine dust extraction you produce with hand sanders. Here's a link; My Festool "dust extractor" sits under a work bench right where I do a lot of my sanding. Small footprint and out of the way. Turns on automatically when I turn on my sander. Never think about it. Love it.
  12. Duly noted, I should be slapped!
  13. Yes, I really appreciate Wegner, learning more all the time. As for your comments on A&C, I've liked what you've done to some of your pieces to make them look more light. I can see A&C in my future and definitely working to make the look delicate. Agree that many people do it with a heavy hand, thats what my original comment meant. Jory is interesting in my opinion, he has some different designs and his construction methods are very intriguing. I've incorporated some of his ideas in the current Maloof build. As for the Hank chairs I made, they actually ended up in my dental office. I know I softened it quite a bit and it really doesn't look like the original design, but patients go absolutely crazy over the chair. They LOVE it. I was very surprised to see how much love this chair gets, because it's not my favorite. I always find what my patients like very interesting as I get a good cross section of the population. My office currently has 8 of my chairs. The 2 Hank chairs, 2 Maloof lowbacks, 1 Maloof highback, 2 tea party chairs from Morrison, and a bowtie stool from Brock. Seems like different people like different chairs but those Hank chairs may be the most popular. I also did that simple lounge chair prior to my current build to work out seat angles and it only took week. But it sort of grew on me as I was making it. I gave it to my son and his girlfriend for their apartment and they LOVE it, absolutely love it. My daughter loved it also and said I really need to start selling these things. I said no one is going to buy that and she mumbled something about being out of touch. I did agree to build her a few out of white oak to put by our pool. I agree with you also that your post is a little light on MCM reference material. I'm going to do some research on that.
  14. I'm interested in starting a conversation about furniture styles. We talk quite a bit about styles in a somewhat haphazard way, and Nut did a great job with the style references post. This kind of post might have been done in the past, but I don't really remember one, at least as long as I participated in this forum. I'd like to hear other's opinions on the styles you prefer and why. My eyes might be open to something new that I never considered or realized. I started woodworking with right angles and M&T joinery. Shaker simplicity was my first real influence and it fit my skill set. Getting a bandsaw totally revamped my view of woodworking. That tool along with quality hand tools opened up so many different options for me. Mid Century Modern started creeping into my designs and of course the sculptured stuff is a big draw for me. But the MCM just keeps intriguing me more and more. In an article I was reading it says MCM can be grouped into 3 categories; the bio-morphic, the machined, and the handcrafted. It's the handcrafted style with the heavy Danish influence, it's simplicity and clean lines that has created a somewhat timeless style, at least in my mind. Here's the article I was referencing; I've tried to read and study Greene And Greene, but still haven't embraced this yet. I think I could and I'll keep giving it a look. Love to hear why others like this style. Arts and Craft style is something I think I will eventually jump into since I quarter sawed a bunch of white oak last year. The AC style is alittle blocky in my mind, but I think I need to be exposed to it more. Federalist, Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton style is just too ornate for me. Rustic and slab design isn't even on my radar. It's funny, over 20 years ago I made a slab coffee table with a funky spalted maple slab. People loved it and still love it, but I hate it. Gave it to my son and his girlfriend for their new apartment. They love it. It's a real shame that Nakashima's use of the live edge slab has been so bastardized. I know I've missed quite a few styles here but hopefully this is a topic that interests others as much as me. Thanks for looking.
  15. Thanks guys for reaffirming my thoughts. I actually really like the fabric that is on the one I'm copying, it also should fit into our color scheme. I esp like there is a hint of blue in the fabric.