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Everything posted by Bmac

  1. Thanks Derek, it is a great design. I believe I read your post about the build in the past, but I loved reading it a second time. You do a great job with your site.
  2. Derek, I do love that Hans Wegner chair, you mentioned him to me before and I did look him up. I think I remember you got one of his old chairs and reconstructed it, correct? You did a fabulous job. Any chance you have patterns????
  3. Boy, I'd be happy to take that off your hands, and hopefully it will help the old sawyers pocketbook! Send me a pm
  4. I'm in agreement, #3 is what I should tackle. I still think I'll tackle the Morley chair in the future, but the Maloof #3 is first. I'm going to do some homework and talk to a patient of mine who should be able to help me with the upholstery. I wish I had a pic of the back of the chair, I think I can handle construction on the parts I see, but the back is somewhat a mystery to me. I'm assuming it's 3 crosspieces. I'll be guessing at angles, but there are standards for lounge chairs I can use and the Morley schematics will also help. This should be fun.
  5. I agree with Nut, using a machinist square against the fence and the blade, it's pretty easy to adjust and snug down in place. The incra has made my life so much better in the shop. Cutting square is no longer a worry. In fact cutting any angle is no longer a worry. I check the squareness of the gauge often, has never come out of square.
  6. I agree guys, that 3rd one is very cool. And I agree with you Nut, would be nice to see some Maloof in that Morley design, or as you put it a mashup. Perhaps since I want to do a lounge chair and with how nice that Maloof chair looks, I should just try and copy that chair.
  7. I'd really like some of that Gum, or if you can get quarter sawn Sycamore! I'd also take curly ambrosia Maple too, and your right, that would look nice in that panel, thought that immediately.
  8. Ordered the plan from Morley. Really just schematics, absolutely no instruction, which I'm fine with. It will take some studying to figure it out but I will likely change it some. What's great about the schematics is it gives me an idea about measurements and angles in the chair. Maloof did a bunch of designs off this type of chair, but I've never had any guides to help me with them. This style has only recently become more attractive to me. It's funny preferences can evolve or change. The panel is spalted sycamore and it is a cool detail. Not one I'm sure I'll keep though. This one is going to take some thinking, I'd really like to see it with more sculptured features, esp in the arms. The arms look so boring to me in this piece. Here are some Maloof samples; And my favorite from Maloof; So I'll see what I can figure out. Any thoughts?
  9. Looking for a new challenge and I've been interested in building a Mid-century lounge chair. I was very excited to see that Philip Morley has plans on his website for his lounge chair; This is a sharp looking chair. Has anyone here built this or a chair similar to this? I've bought the plans and hope to dive into it this winter.
  10. That is enough to make a sawmill guy cry. Have prices of logs dropped considerably also?
  11. Okay, I'll restate, the boards I see have great figure, your bench is veneered with the pretty stuff. Great job with the bench by the way.
  12. It has pretty good looking figure, that's all I was getting at. I think I get some of my prettiest cherry from cherry logs that are not the straightest or cleanest. When it's dried it may have wane sapwood, but it has character.
  13. That cherry is too pretty for a workbench, I'm thinking of all the chairs you could have made from it.
  14. Really enjoyed walking through that process with you. Thanks for showing so many pics and giving such a good dialogue. Can't wait to see the final pics!
  15. Come on Nut, you got a lathe now, lets see some stuff. Awesome stuff Mark!!
  16. I know, none of this 4/4 stuff is going to get that done. I do have quarter sawn 9/4 drying on my property, but that stuff dries slow!!!
  17. True, the footprint is big. What dimensions were you thinking of reducing? I'm sure you could make the rockers 5-6" shorter with no problem, you could change the angle of the back legs to 3 degrees instead of 6 to decrease width at the top, and you could probably even lower the back rest some. I think all those are probably simple enough mods. I think the look would not suffer too much and it would likely be just as comfortable. You know, I honestly was a little shocked at my time. I was wondering if I was shaving time off like rounding down 15 minute here or there, but still if I did that I would have only added an hr or two in the end. I think my speed is based on a few things, first it was my 5th rocker and I'm not sure how many sculptured pieces before this. Second, I've made enough of this Maloof furniture that I don't have to think twice about my shaping. My mind already envisions it and my hands have had practice getting there. In the beginning it's typical to be hesitant and go much more slowly in fear of making a mistake. I've over come that fear and just plow ahead. Finally, and probably most significant, I have developed a system. Combining the tools I'm comfortable with and a process I refer to as power shaping/sanding I am able to work faster. Combining the RAS, the interface pads, and the rasps I do 90% of the rough shaping with those. I love the Festool 90 Rotex for it's small shape/profile, light weight, and ability to use with one hand and not get fatigued. The 90 may not be the most powerful Rotex, but it helps immensely with the process. I think any brand of smaller sander would work with the interface pad, but I do the the aggressive mode that Rotex offers. I'm sure you can tackle this project, those crazy shapes you make take my breath away. This project is just like any other, one step at a time.
  18. Rickey, that wood was a real pleasure to work, now I hope you can find some more this winter!!!!! Coop you are way to kind. I think it is sacrilegious to say that. I'm just trying to copy the original. Glad you liked the journal, I find doing a journal helps me to do my best. Now I want to see what you make out of Rickey's awesome curly maple!!!
  19. First, all 3 woods, cherry, walnut and maple, were ideal for this project. The tiger maple with all its figure really turned up the wow factor and was very easy to work with. I've made 2 of these rockers before these 3, and those first two were cherry. Can't really say I have a favorite wood, I think all the woods worked similarly and all took just as long to sand. This chair is a real labor of love, by the time I'm done I've felt every surface, edge, joint, corner and roundover hundreds of times. The hand sanding is tiresome, but at least at that point you can see the chair and it's nice form and shape, that's enough to encourage one forward through the repetitive parts. In the end the tiger maple is by far the prettiest one I've built. That figure just popped! So I guess @Chet the tiger maple is my favorite. @JohnG Unfortunately for you they are all very comfortable! Actually the cherry rocker is a Christmas gift for my father. I'll keep the walnut and curly maple ones with me. I hope to make a few white oak ones for the porch in the future.
  20. Ok, @Spanky got me going to finish up this post. I had put my last coat of finish on the Rocker yesterday and so I went home at lunch to move it into the house and grab some pics. When I left off here I had to do the final sanding of the rockers and lower legs. Then it was wet down the whole rocker to raise the grain and then resand the whole rocker. Dye was applied next and again I had to resand the whole rocker! Once those very joyless tasks were completed I got to apply the finish and then for the first time see what this wood had to offer. Well it didn't disappoint, God made some beautiful wood here and Rickey was the man to find it! The wood is really the big star of this piece and the dye I used really made the figure POP. I hope @treeslayer approves. For the finish it was 3 coats of the Maloof oil/poly then 2 coats of Maloof oil/wax. Each coat was applied with a rag, let to sit and then rubbed down vigorously to remove all the excess. Last night as I was applying the last coat, I couldn't resist to snap a few pics of the figure. It really pops with the oil still wet; So finishing this was a complete joy. Here are a few pics of the chair; Some details. I love the horn detail, it seems so organic to me how it flows. Here's a shot of the headrest and the horns; Top of headrest flows into the front line or edge of the horn; Again you can see that flowing line and see how the cove of the horn flows into the concave area of the headrest; The contours of the bottom of the headrest; Inside of the arm detail; Great figure in the seat; Front leg detail; Leg to seat joints; Rocker to leg interface; And to wrap it up, here are the 3 rockers I've made this year, one from walnut, one out of cherry, and the last from some great Spanky curly maple; Thanks for following. Hopefully I was helpful with posting this build. I can't say enough how much I enjoy this build. I will likely not make another one of these until I get some white oak dried sufficiently. White oak is a slow drying wood, I need to be patient, most of it was milled last year. Total time was surprising to me, it went quicker than I thought it would. I was at 59.5 last post. This post added 3 hrs for all the sanding/wetting/resanding/staining/resanding. Applying the finish of all 5 coats was time consuming also, another 2 hrs. So my total time start to finish was 64.9 hrs, time well spent in my book!!!!
  21. Bmac

    Roasted Wood?

    This subject prompted me to do some quick research. Roasted wood the same thing as torrefied, thermally treated or tempered vulcanized wood. As Tpt mentioned above it created a wood that is more resistant to decay and moisture changes. The process actually changes the cellular structure to the point that wood shrinkage and and expansion becomes negligible to changes in moisture. It commonly used by Luthiers for guitar necks. Here's a quick article for DIY roasted wood;
  22. Any day now, maybe even later today. I put the last coat of oil/wax on it last night. Took the long road with the finish, 3 coats of oil/poly and 2 coats of oil/wax.
  23. Ahhhhh! I see, I think I understand now, just don't ask me to do that!
  24. Moving along nicely. Gluing up thinner boards to make thicker stock can be grunt work, but you are right it has it's advantages in that you can pick your best outside surfaces. Question on stock, I thought you were using pine for this. Is it going to be pine for the top and birch for the base or did you just decide to go with birch.
  25. Interested in following this, I'm not really sure how you are getting there but I'm in!