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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next up is half-blind dovetails, rabbets and nails.
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Glad to hear you are feeling better!
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.
Thanks so much!
Peter, I am glad to hear you are recovering from COVID. It takes time. Brian
thank you, but it is/was Lyme disease, not covid. Just for the record. but thanks regardless.
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.
thank you & thank you. yes, that’s my photo. There’s a couple more here https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2022/04/07/the-cupboard-is-gone-but-its-still-on-my-mind/
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…
Not sure where you live, but yes, ticks mean business. I’m finding out. It;s a long slog through lyme disease. As to the side-hung drawers, maybe this will help https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/this-aint-in-the-book/
Mostly from Chicago. (thought growing up, the ticks were less bad there.) But father’s family was from Holyoke, Mass.