back at the bench

I’ve been in the shop part-time lately, just hadn’t taken any photographs. I have been spending part of my time making chair parts from a section of hickory I brought home from my bark-trip in July. Still trying to relearn what I used to know 30 years ago. I can’t find stuff I had last week, but I knew just where the old plans for these chairs were. This is a comb for a comb-back armchair.

bent comb for Windsor chair

And an arm for it. Not the best bend, but the best I’ve done this past week. The few wrinkles will plane out when I go to use the arm.

off the form, but tied to keep its bend til I need it

But yesterday was my first day back to joinery in nearly a month. Started making the drawer parts for the joined chest video series. I cut the drawer front to fit the opening. Looks like it’s all done, but those are the drawer sides tucked under the chest.

looks like it has its drawer

I want the front to have some space all around it so it doesn’t stick. This is why I had business cards printed all those years ago.

checking the spacing

I plowed a groove in the drawer sides to match the runner that’s set in the drawer opening.

This test-fit is too tight. Needs a couple of shavings off the top edge of the drawer side.

too tight

Like this:


Next up is half-blind dovetails, rabbets and nails.

11 thoughts on “back at the bench

  1. I love your work! I’ve been following it for years and I have your book. I have a quick, weird question: most of you works looks like it would weigh a ton. How do you lift it on and off your bench by yourself? Is there a trick or do you just grunt it out?

    • Sorry – I meant to answer this one earlier. Leverage, shifting it this way and that. I’ve got a large chest lately that has to either come down off a bench or go up on it. To go from the floor to the bench, I slide it beside the bench and lift one end up to hook the feet on the bench. Then get at the other end & tip it up. Bringing it down is harder, you have to sort of get under it to keep it from coming down too fast. Worst case scenario, I grab someone to come help. Last resort.

  2. Peter,
    Glad you are making it back from Lyme disease-I have heard it can take a good while, take your time.
    Also great your write up in Aug 22 FWW in Gallery. Excellent picture-did you take it? The complexity really show.

  3. Good to hear. They scared me at the center for furniture craftsmanship, about all the ticks all around in maine.

    So how do you actually attach the drawer runners there? I have an idea, but in past only have done bottom runners that don’t require superimposition…

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