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Snapshots

  1. Finish

    Snapshot Title: Finish
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    After a final shaping and sanding several coats of tung oil are applied.



  2. 1" holes

    Snapshot Title: 1" holes
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    Small sticks were shaped to fit the 1" holes that cover all of the lag bolts.



  3. Plugs

    Snapshot Title: Plugs
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    1/2" holes were drilled about 1/4" deep for the plugs that cover the screws.



  4. Shaping the seat

    Snapshot Title: Shaping the seat
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    Much time was spent shaping the seat. I used a grinder and lots of sandpaper.



  5. Center board

    Snapshot Title: Center board
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    After shaping the center board I placed it on top of the 2 outer boards and scribed them to fit.



  6. Fitting the seat boards

    Snapshot Title: Fitting the seat boards
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    I used a compass to fit the outer boards up against the legs.



  7. Making the seat

    Snapshot Title: Making the seat
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    I made the seat using 3 boards that were 2" thick by 8" wide and 24" long.



  8. Arms of the chair

    Snapshot Title: Arms of the chair
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    I make the arms by first spliting a 24" log length wise. The 1 3/4" hole in the back leg is 24" off the ground . I insert the arm into the hole and then mark where I need to drill the hole on the unde...



  9. Side Rails

    Snapshot Title: Side Rails
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    This is one of 4 side rails that hold the front and the back together. I make the upper rails first at 16" and then adjust the length of the bottom rails to give the back the proper lean.



  10. Putting the back legs and front legs together

    Snapshot Title: Putting the back legs and front legs together
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

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    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    Because the front legs are spaced farther apart than the back legs we need to drill the next holes at an angle. Lean the back legs against a wall and then set the front legs in place. The front legs s...



  11. Assemble the front leg section

    Snapshot Title: Assemble the front leg section
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    While assembling the front leg section remember that the flat spot on the top rail slopes back. The front of the seat is 1" higher than the back and the seat will be about 18" from front to back.



  12. Front top rail

    Snapshot Title: Front top rail
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    This piece is cut to 21" and also has a flat spot for the seat to rest on. I make this piece first and then put it together making sure the feet sit flat on the floor then take the measurement for the...



  13. Front legs

    Snapshot Title: Front legs
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

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    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    I started with a 5' log that had a burl in the center. I cut the burl in half then trimed each leg down to 26". Then I taper the leg down to 13/4". The 2" holes are drilled at 8" and 16" from the grou...



  14. Back spindles

    Snapshot Title: Back spindles
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

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    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    Once you have it so all the pieces fit together nicely drill 1" holes on other side of the 2" holes . Then take the whole thing apart and put lots of carpenter's glue in the 2" and 13/8" holes. Now re...



  15. Mark bottom logs

    Snapshot Title: Mark bottom logs
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

    Image: Build This Chair
    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    Divide bottom rail into 5 equal sections. The distance betweem the legs is 15" so make marks at 3" 6" 9" 12" . Then using a plumb bob transfer the marks to the top rail. Then drill holes using a 13/8...



  16. Bottom backrest log

    Snapshot Title: Bottom backrest log
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

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    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    Cut this log at 16". This will make the chair wider at the bottom and more stable. Once you have this piece so it fits in the holes put the 4 pieces together an then take the measurements for the logs...



  17. Top Backrest Log

    Snapshot Title: Top Backrest Log
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

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    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    Cut top of backrest at 15". Whittle down the ends of the log to fit the holes you have drilled. It helps to draw a 2" circle on the end of the log so you know how much wood to remove.



  18. Back leg holes

    Snapshot Title: Back leg holes
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

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    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    Drill 4 holes on each leg starting from the bottom at 8" 15" 24" 42" . I used a 2" forstner bit to drill the holes.



  19. Back Legs

    Snapshot Title: Back Legs
    Taken by: Bill Alberts

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    Image Owner: Bill Alberts



    Description:

    Cut the 2 back legs at 48". Peel off bark and sand smooth. It helps if the 2 back legs have a slight bend about 16" from the bottom. This will give it some lean.