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Craftsman style white oak dining chairs

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Craftsman style white oak dining chairsThese were my first chairs. So I approached this project slowly and methodically. I followed fairly closely a pattern published in Fine Woodworking by Kevin Rodel in 2007. And, before I cut any white oak I made a practice chair from construction grade 2×4s.I bandsawed the parts roughly and then brought them to final shape using an MDF pattern and a bearing-guided spiral router bit. I had to be careful with grain direction, which meant I could rout half the workpiece with the pattern taped to one side and then I had to affix the pattern to the opposite side to finish shaping it. I still needed to use hand tools (spokeshave, hand plane) to remove tool marks and to refine the final shape.I made use of my milling machine to cut the angled mortises. I also used it to trim the tenons for the mortise and tenon joints. It was the first time I had used the milling machine to bring the tenons to final thickness but it worked really well. There were a lot of mortise and tenon joints.I prefinished the pieces before assembly so that I could color the pieces to match the dining room table. I taped the mortises and tenons to prevent contamination with finish. Then, I applied shellac, General finishes brown mahogany gel stain (wiped on and then immediately wiped off), some more shellac, followed by several coats of an oil-varnish blend.I added some ebony pegs on either side of the crest rail and chiseled them into pyramids using a sheet of stainless steel to prevent the chisel from marring the finished surface of the chair back.I upholstered the chairs myself, following a video workshop on upholstery for woodworkers on the Fine Woodworking Magazine web site. That video series alone made my annual fee for web access worth the money.When I built the dining table, I had this chair design in mind so I built the trestles to match the chair backsplat. The German shepherd seems to approve of the match.



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Blue Pine Mantel

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Blue Pine MantelFinally getting around to posting pics of my last project. I wanted it to be a little more “live edge” than it ended up, but all in all I'm happy with it…. more importantly my wife is happy.. Thanks for looking



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"Autumn" hand plane

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"Autumn" hand planeI haven't been on here forever. I have been working for a company and decided that I wouldn't post anything I made for them. It's their product. But recently I've been making some knives and decided to make a few hand planes. This is the first one and I am in the process of making the 2nd one. This plane is a wood plane made with maple, walnut, bubinga, teak, and ziricote. The lever cap is stainless steel, the lever cap screw is stainless steel with a walnut insert, and the blade is 01 tool steel that I heat treated and tempered. As always any criticism, positive or negative, is welcome.



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