Shakerstyle Rocker

We designed a traditional-looking rocking chair and built it with a few non-traditional woodworking techniques. At first glance, this rocker looks like an old-fash. ioned Shaker rocker. But while we borrowed some of the clean lines and graceful curves of the Shaker classic, there are some significant changes we made to the design of this rocker. For one thing, Shaker rockers included legs that were tapered and often given a slight bend. But you don't need a lathe or a steam box to build this...

Top Bottom

At this point, the sides of the house and cupola are a couple of eight-sided cylinders. Now you need to close up the ends of these cylinders. For the cupola, I simply cut a couple of octagonal hardboard panels (C) to fit in the rabbeted openings, see Figs. 2, 2a, and 2b. (Refer to page 23 for a tip on laying out an octagon.) These panels are simply glued in place. The house gets a slightly different treatment. Like the cupola, a hard-board panel (D) is glued into the top opening, see Figs. 2...

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Wood Scroll Corner Brackets

Router table can be one of the most useful tools in a shop. The only problem is in a small shop, there's not always room for one. That's why I like this idea for a knock-down router table sent in by Gary Swergold of Potomac, Maryland. Gary's idea is to attach a router table top to the front of a workbench, see photo. A pair of folding legs support the top, and the whole thing can be set up in just a few minutes. BENCH BRACKETS. The back edge of the router table top is supported by two 3...

Octagon Layout

To lay out the octagonal pieces of the birdhouse, I used an old drafting trick. Starting with a square blank, set a compass on each corner and draw an arc through the centerpoint of the blank, see Fig. 1. Then using a straightedge, connect the ends of the arcs, see Fig. 2. E3 Use square to lay out start of rounded section Use square to lay out start of rounded section Tape holds pieces together while glue dries Tape holds pieces together while glue dries Draw four arcs through centerpoint of...

Chisel Protectors

I've tried using those little plastic chisel protectors on my chisels, but they always seem to fall off. So I decided to make my own protectors out of wood. The tapered design of my protectors allows the chisel blade to wedge snugly into the opening so the protector won't fall off. Each protector is made up of a wedge that is sandwiched between two V -thick faces, see drawing below. Using con- the profile of your chisel blade along the edge of a long blank. The blank should be at least as thick...

Octagonal Birdhouse

Octagonal Birdhouse

From the vertical siding to the pitched roof and detailed trim pieces, this eight-sided birdhouse has many of the features you'd expect to find on a real house. decker, see photo on opposite page. WOOD. Choosing the wood for an outdoor project is important If you're planning to use an outdoor oil finish, make sure to select a wood that has some resistance to decay, like cedar or redwood. But if you want to paint the birdhouse, as we did, you could also use Douglas fir. One wood that should...

Weaving a Shaker Seat

Shaker Chair Tape Weaving Ideas

With terms like warp and weft you know this isn't a typical woodworking technique. But there's nothing hard about weaving with tape. Cotton Shaker Tape 1 -wide 1 2-long Upholstery Tacks Needle amp thread or 5-minute epoxy to splice the tape together eaving a seat isn't your typical woodworking technique. And frankly, I was a little bit nervous. But after weaving the prototype for the rocking chair see page 2 , I realized that there's not much to it. And now having also woven the rocker and both...

Weaving the Weft

Stool Weaving

At this point, if s time to begin weaving the weft piece of tape through the warp. This is what creates the checkerboard look or any other pattern you might want to weave, see the box on page 21. TACKING THE WEFT. Like the warp, the first thing to do with the weft is anchor it to the chair frame. But there's an important difference. Instead of being tacked on the backrest post near the bottom, I secured the weft piece on the underside of the top rail, see Step 6. For a chair seat, the weft is...

Stave Construction

Stave construction is a great choice for any multi-sided cylinder or container. But there are a couple of tricks to cutting the angles just right. A A combination square can be used to test the inside angle of an eight-sided project. V ears ago, wooden kegs and barrels JL were used to ship everything from nails to flour to whiskey. What made these containers so useful was their construction. Each barrel was made up of a number of individual pieces, or staves, which were beveled on the edges to...

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