Chair made from Scrap Wood – Scrapwood Challenge ep32
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Chair made from Scrap Wood – Scrapwood Challenge ep32

March 4, 2020


scrapwood challenge scrapwood challenge its scrap its crap its firewood but some of the wood is good today I’m gonna start making a chair I’ve never made one before I’ve got no idea how it will turn out but I’m going to give it a go I have a bit of an idea how to make a chair but there’s plenty of ins and outs I’m
really not sure of so I bought a book ‘The Chairmakers Notebook’ by Peter
Galbert it’s a complete guide with excellent instructions and illustrations and I’ll put a link to it in the description I really like the look of
the chairs in the book and I could have made one of those from the provided plans and I probably still will and I’m sure it’d be much nicer than my attempt but because this is a scrapwood challenge I’m going to use camphor laurel
from the original scrap wood pile none of that’s thick enough for those designs without laminating pieces together so I’ve come up with my own design which is a bit more lightweight I’m not going to go into too much detail in this video as I’m really not the right person to teach how to make a chair but I’ll give a brief outline of what I’m doing as I go I’ve already made my design for the seat
on paper now I need to transfer it onto the seats itself after marking out the
shape I’ll mark the leg positions the spindle positions and then the sight
lines that I use as guides when drilling the holes for the legs using the sightlines along with a square
a bevel gauge and a couple of mirrors I can now drill the holes for the legs to
fit into the mirrors allow me to view the drill in front of me and to make sure that it’s upright by gauging it against the square and with a glance I can view the required angle against the bevel gauge on the other mirror I’ve shown this method with more detail in a couple of past videos when making stools and I’ve even made a sawhorse this way and I’ll put a link above if you need
more info I’ve taken the sight lines around the edges then transferred them to the other side of the seat this all help me keep the reamer at the correct angle which is my next step and the reamer makes the hole into a tapered mortise which will make a secure joint with the leg tenons I got carried away there and drilled the spindle holes all the way through the seat I also realized they weren’t wide
enough I decided to re-drill them but before I could do that I needed to plug the holes with dowels next I’m going to start making the legs and the spindles but before I do that I’ve just spotted kangaroos over the road and I’ll see if I can get some footage and see if I can get a bit closer the scrap wood is all between 30 to 35
millimeters thick so I’m trying to find the pieces that have the straightest grain and are the thickest pieces to make the legs from I’ve tried riving the camphor laurel in the past and it really doesn’t split
well so I’ll be cutting the wood down to size for this project I’m no woodturner and I’ve never used
the skew before I thought I’d give it a go and although I reckon I could get to
grips with it I did resort to sanding them as I couldn’t quite get the finish
straight off the tool here I’m cutting tenons onto the end of the legs I’m using my homemade tapered tenon cutter and I’ll put a link to the video on how to make one if you’re interested even though I don’t need the spindles yet I’ll continue to use the lathe and get those made too I need to make them on the lathe as the grain isn’t quite straight enough to shape them with a draw knife and the spokeshave which is the correct way of doing things they’re are a bit whippy on the lathe thing so thin but going slowly worked well and they turned out fine I’ll put the spindles aside for now and start shaping the seat which is the part of the project I’ve been looking forward to there were a couple of areas of
squirly grain that even the card scrapers were struggling with so I resorted to sanding again I didn’t use a power sander anywhere on the whole project though everything was sanded by hand I am looking forward to making
another chair with more suited wood where I can go for a tool finish with the legs back in I’ve levelled the chair up and now I’m marking the positions for
the side stretchers I’m going to drill the mortises for the stretcher tenons then turn the stretches on the lathe to fit the lines I’m marking here will be guides to level the legs while drilling the stretcher mortises this simple jig holds the leg in position while drilling and the guidelines I marked on the legs are set parallel with work bench top by adjusting the jig in the vise I then used the board I used to mark the legs as a guide to drill the holes here I’m turning the side stretchers then I marked and drilled the mortises in those to accept a center stretcher to help find the length of the centre stretchers I used elastic bands I measured across the center points then I made the stretcher slightly longer than that I’m nearly ready to assemble the lower section of the chair first I need to make wedges then cut kerfs in the leg tenons I’m using titebond two to give
me more time than normal yellow glue so it’ll make it easier to assemble it
without it going off too fast the crest rail is the final piece I don’t have equipment for steam bending and I didn’t want to do a glue lamination so I found a piece of wood with curved grain that was close to the radius I needed at least some of the grain should run through the whole piece I’ll drill the mortises for the spindles before cutting the crest as it’s easier to clamp it down with the crest seated on the two end spindles I can mark the other spindles then add enough for a tenon and then trim them to final length I put it back together to check how the crest looked and then made adjustments and did my final shaping for the finish I’m using a mix of varnish, linseed oil and turps in equal quantities I’ve only put one coat on for now but over the next few days I’ll put a few more coats on I thoroughly enjoyed this project and I’m very happy with the outcome I learned heaps and thanks again to Peter Galbert for making such a wonderful book if you have any interest in making a chair be sure to check it out I’ll put a link in the description hopefully you enjoyed the video if you did please like and subscribe thanks for watching and I’ll see you on the next one

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  1. ممتاز فديو عالمى والترجمة الاستفادة كافت الفات من جميع جنسيات العالم شكرا أخ عزيز

  2. Nice, I’ve always hesitated to try a chair but after 30 years of sitting on a plywood box in my shop I built myself a proper shop stool with a shaped seat and turned legs and stretchers. It wasn’t as scary as I imagined and like you I could see myself doing more.

  3. You have successfully reminded me that I'm not really a wood worker, just a handy person. I could probably get this eventually but it would certainly take me a long time, looks great

  4. Love it Keep coming back to your videos, what amazed me was the use of the wrenches with the lath to lay out the thickness Ive always cut a piece of wood to make the: go nogo: sizer for making the tenones on the chairs will use my wrenches from now on, great job thank you

  5. you call this scrap wood lol its so expensive to call it scrap come on. our scrapes is cheap wood "trash" mdf and sawdust panels lol i wood like to see the cheap scrap wood challenge!

  6. If you're looking for Scrapwood Challenge ideas, how about a pair of stilts? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/143270831865558405/

  7. I love how on everything you haven't done before you say "ill give it a go" and then you do amazingly. Good job m8 keep up the great work

  8. There's one thing I don't quite understand … If sanding works well and the result is good, then why not just go for it?
    Edit: Great job on the chair, obviously!

  9. Kangaroos?? Hmm, Australia or New Zealand?

    What's the most common wood grown and used down there?

    And, what's the tool used at 8:45?

  10. Yea up the Aussie wood workers! Finally I found a Australian woodworker like me, I see we both have the same interests as well. And you have a jack Russell as a work shop buddy as well, if you follow me on instagram I might post some of my projects. @eden_heynatz

  11. Hi Pask, great video as always, thank you.

    Little safety thing, when sanding on the lathe, normally you should remove the tool rest, so there's no risk of catching your fingers between the workpiece and the tool rest, which can be pretty nasty. I notice your lathe has a homemade tool rest, so it might not be removable, in which case it'll just be a case of being careful with it.

    Cheers 🙂

  12. I've got to say, using a wrench to turn the right diameter is brilliant….and thinking outside the box… or inside the tool box. I'd have never thought to do that.

  13. Wanderful…! I am an old lady of 66 and you let me long for my dad as I always help him and sit and look what he was doing… beautiful chair…!!

  14. Poetry 0:07:

    Today I'm going to start making a chair,

    I've never made one before.

    I've got no idea how it'll turn out,

    But I'm going to give it a go.

    Also 4:02: National Geographic quality wildlife footage! 😀

  15. I did enjoyed the video…so many handmade tools…I will definitely follow your work. So thankful that there are people out there sharing their knowledge.. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  16. When you use that scraper at 1:40, is the point just to remove the top, more weathered looking layer of the wood to reveal the grain?

  17. The scrap wood from pallets that I can get is always very curved. I can harvest all the pallets I want to make some furniture that I need. I could paste with carpenter's glue and make a scrap wood with a table but I don't know how to flatten so much curve. I would use an explanatory video to solve this issue. I have restored my dad's 5-function carpentry machine, so I'm ready. If you already have a video for this problem that I missed, let me know. Best regards

  18. Ok, that is ridiculous! I've said it before and I'll say it again. I will be very happy when I reach this level of skill! Surprised you never showed you sitting in the final piece.

  19. Great job! Only one concern, the leg bracing seems too high up… Most are either half way down the legs or about 4 inches from the bottom… Just wonder if the legs have enough support. She's a beauty tho!

  20. The use of mirrors to get the angles right and the rubber bands to measure the length for the leg supports was simply BRILLIANT. I love your videos, I learn something new every time. Keep it up and cheers from the USA.

  21. Thank you for making such an interesting and relaxing video of your fine work. Just the ticket after a challenging day in the workshop.

  22. I for one am grateful for the quick footage on the kangaroos cause you can be an Aussie whilst anywhere in the world, but to be one in the land down under is truly authentic.
    Also double thanks on only putting a less than 15 sec song…. other workers long POINTLESS intros and stupid TERRIBLE music dubs cause me to mute them if they're lucky, and sometimes i'm forced to thumbs down the video 'cause BOOOO BAD AND EVEN MORE UNNECESSARY MUSIC!

  23. Gorgeous, how'd the strength hold up? Anyone want to play a game of "Count the number of handmade tools used in this project?" 😆

  24. its a scrap wood challenge yet the first 2 boards of wood he got isn't scrap at all and could be made into literally anything from a cutting board to a small table shelfs the first 2 boards aren't what i'd consider scrap at all

  25. Only a true professional could make such a beautiful chair! And: as a first attempt (!) at making a chair this is nothing short of phenomenal. Respect! 😀👍❤️

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