Started a new project today. This one is for my house so it will probably get pushed back to the back burner when other projects come along. I redid my kitchen a while back adding a couple of counters, designed to fit three stools for the kids. I came across plans for a pub table and chairs in Wood magazine back in November and thought the chairs would be perfect. They were designed to be made out of 1-1/2″ material, but I thought I would make them more interesting by laminating two 5/8″ pieces of quarter-sawn white oak with a 1/4″ piece of black walnut down the center. White wood with a brown stripe and walnut plugs in the oak face where I need screws. There will be a depression cut away in the seat and back for comfort. This cut should be just deep enough to leave a walnut stripe exposed there as well. It will either look really cool or like someone left a skid mark…
I recently acquired a large pile of quarter-sawn white oak from my friend Dave. He has a sawmill and cuts and barn-dries his own wood. Check out the tiger stripes in the picture below. This stuff would make a beautiful cabinet, but I need chairs.
If you want to download the plans for this, go to: http://www.woodstore.net/pubtaandch.html
The wood I have is 1″ thick and at least 8′ long. Since it is rather heavy, I am cutting all my boards to roughly the length that I will need plus 3 or 4 inches. I cut them longer to accommodate snipe on the planer.
With the lengths roughed out, I clean up one edge on the table saw, then rip the board down to the proper width. With the saw set up properly and a relatively new anti-vibe blade, my edges are smooth enough for glue joints.
Next, I clean up one face on the planer.
I have a bandsaw to resaw the boards down to the 5/8″ I need, but I haven’t put my new table saw through its paces yet. I decided to resaw as much as I could on the Sawstop.
I was really surprised that I could cut over 3″ deep without bogging down the saw one bit. It didn’t bind or burn the wood at all. I was truly impressed. All said and done, I only have a small 1/8″ piece left to run through the bandsaw, then I can plane the thick side down to exactly 5/8″. The 1/4″ pieces left over will head back to my wood rack. They will hopefully become part of a chandelier that I plan to build one day…