Furniture Fundamentals - Chairs & Benches 17 Projects For by Robert W. Lang

By Robert W. Lang

Construct your talents as you construct sturdy seating!
Inside, youll locate step by step images and guideline, plus measured drawings, for 17 seating tasks in quite a lot of types and ability levels.
Projects diversity from easy, sq. stools to tougher chairs and benches with compound joints. Youll the way to use the easiest instruments for the activity to chop every kind of must-know chair joinery, uncomplicated turning strategies, upholstery and more.
Youll additionally locate 4 procedure articles with guide acceptable for plenty of chairmaking and different projects.
While there aren't any quickly and simple shortcuts to creating chairs, with those 17 items, youll construct the abilities you want to make seating for each room within the house--and the backyard, too!

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Using open-end wrenches of the appropriate size as calipers, turn the ends down to the proper diameters. All that’s left is to flow from the middle of the swell out to the ends. To get all four legs approximately the same size, I turned the first to size and shape then used it as a reference as I turned the remaining legs. I still transfer all the marks from the layout stick, but the comparison ensures I’m not making the subsequent legs larger or smaller in diameter. Just like using the layout stick to mark all the important points on the leg, using the first turned leg gives you a single benchmark from which to work.

As with the slats, consider the grain orientation in this operation. Mark the locations of the leg mortises and cut the mortises. I set up the horizontal slot mortiser on my Robland X-31 with a 1 ⁄2" spiral upcut bit. I milled all eight mortises and squared the corners with a sharp bench chisel. Now for the rails. Note that the top and bottom rails are quite different. First, they have different thicknesses. I designed the bottom rails somewhat larger because the legs taper, and because the stretcher is robust.

Esherick had it easy. His stools had three legs, and the seats were generally small. They played perfectly into his love of asymmetry. Whenever you add a back to any type of seating furniture, the first thing you need to do is increase the size of the seat. If you don’t, the surface area will be too small when used for its intended purpose. Also, there might be too little material to support the back if the seat is too small. For my larger seat, I bypassed the scrap bin and grabbed a board that was about 101 ⁄2" wide and some plywood for a pattern.

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