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  1. 34 minutes ago, wtnhighlander said:

    @Bmac are dominoes really necessary for strength in the seat assembly, or are they primarily an alignment aid?

    Using the dominoes are definitely for alignment first. The coopering of the seat makes the glueup very difficult without the dominoes, also the dominoes are critical to keep the correct orientation of the joints.

    Maloof believed they added some strength also, perhaps they do.

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  2. 25 minutes ago, pkinneb said:

    Great info Bmac! I really like that you used the router table vs hand held. When I did my bar stools it was very difficult to keep the router flat. So will you do 100% of the power shaping with the RAS? I really liked mine but still used a grinder to start, might have to try all RAS on my rocker.

    I'm with you, I couldn't hold my router flat and it kept running on me. Using the starter pin is like an extra hand and I feel like I have so much more control.

    I will not use the grinder at all on this build, all RAS. It's not that I dislike the grinder, a grinder does a great job and is a little faster,  but I do dislike the mess it makes. Also I feel like I have better control with the RAS. It won't run/jump on you and when you learn to use it you can be aggressive or really fine with it. Hopefully after this build I can make the case for the RAS and you'll give your RAS even more love. 

  3. 9 hours ago, treeslayer said:

    Man that's going to be beautiful @Bmac its going on my "someday" list for sure, any thoughts on finish, dye, colored shellac something to pop the awesome grain

    Yes, right now my plan is to use TransTint dye, I'll be testing it on a few scraps before putting it on the chair. After the dye I plan to use a oil/poly finish followed by an oil/wax finish. This will be the same finish Maloof used and I've had great luck with it on my previous chairs, but this will be the first chair I dye prior.

    Here's a few questions to people that have experience with dye, I've used it occasionally in the past, but not extensively. I know if mixed with water it will raise the grain and I'll have to resand. Does prewetting the wood help? Or is it better to use something like lacquer thinner with the dye? Are there any issues using a solvent like lacquer thinner instead of water? What gives the best most even coloring?

  4. I've used both techniques and much prefer the bandsaw removal preshaping technique, but both will work. The bandsaw technique gets you real close to symmetric reduction if your cuts are accurate.

    As for symmetry, you don't need to be exact. Your eye doesn't pick up little discrepancies, feeling the seat with your hand picks the discrepancies up way more than your eye. For symmetry get it looking symmetrical to your eye, then feel it with your hand marking high spots and reduce until it feels acceptable. The soft foam interface pads are great at helping get things smoothed out and more symmetrical.

  5. 11 minutes ago, Chestnut said:

    Legs are goign to be cherry. The chop is going to be walnut or I might dig through some of the exotics i got in a package deal and veneer an exotic to the chop face or even the deadman. Despite it being a bench it's goign to be the focal point when you walk in my shop so i do want it to have some wow factor. The wow factor is mostly for myself.

    Sure, I get that, but in the end it's still a bench. If it doesn't look beat up and used in 10 years you are not really doing work on it.

    Dog holes round or square? I went with round and am perfectly satisfied. 

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    3 hours ago, Spanky said:

    Dave, I know that my axe handle want fit the Houston Boy’s hands. So, I started burning the wood pile today. They gave me a two day burn permit. The next time I have a big wood pile I think I will call the ole boy from Delware with the big arms! ;)

    I like the way you think.

  7. I told you during our conversations you may well be headed down a path that is hard to leave. I made my first chair about 4 years ago and it has become somewhat of a obsession. The variety of chairs you can make is extensive and I learn something new with every different style of chair I make. 

    I really look forward to following along with this build as I also have found your thought processes and and design ideas are always interesting. I think you are starting with a solid design and concept and the end result should be a great set of chairs.

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  8. Looking forward to following this too!

    Have used TB III too like Mick for my bent laminates, and I've even used TB extend for more involved laminate glueups. I have looked into the Unibond but went with what I know. Maloof always just used a PVA for his rockers. But you got a super result with that. I've never had such invisible glue lines.

    Looking up the product it has long open time, sets pretty quick and it's for interior only. What's it handle like, runny or more thick?  

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  9. 7 minutes ago, Spanky said:

    Still cutting tie’s. What about the tiger hard maple?

    Plan to do a rocker with that soon, I'm knocking out some other projects now. Thinking I'll get started on that rocker around Thanksgiving, can't wait to tear into that wood.

  10. @derekcohen, I appreciate your humble and measured response. I think the saying "you don't know what you don't know" applies here. Perhaps you moved some of your members to the next level where they realize they don't know and are interesting in learning more.

    I for one want to thank you for your journals and your website. They have been very helpful and inspiring. Hand cut dovetails are now becoming a part of my projects, something 3 years ago I would have avoided doing. 

    Looking forward to your next project!

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  11. 7 hours ago, K Cooper said:

    Beautiful job bud! Does the back set back as far as the Maloof Low Back? I’d like to have one of these for my desk chair but prefer a more upright than the low back. 

    Yes Coop, it's a deep chair. I think it wouldn't be too hard to move the backrest forward, it would just be changing the location of 2 cuts. The other thing is they are very wide, much wider than the Low Back. That may not be a big problem, but could be if you have a desk with limited leg/knee/foot space. Changing the width is more difficult as you would need to change the pattern. 

    If you want any measurements of the final chair just ask, I'll get them for you. 

    On 8/28/2019 at 10:17 PM, Chestnut said:


    You should submit those to marc through the guild website. I think it might help the project if people see how others modify the plans and make them their own.

    Submitted and they are now posted on the guild site.

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