Published at Friday, November 23rd 2018. by Dora Tate in Armchair.
I'm gonna make a modern outdoor chair made from 4x4 Douglas fir. Now recently I went to my local Home Center and I couldn't believe it. I saw four by fours there that were not pressure-treated. The thing is, my local Home Center carry limited supplies and I don't have a lumberyard near me, so I was surprised to see these in a store for the first time now, with the lumber being so bulky, it's much easier to use a miter saw and if You don't have one you can more than likely rent one or you can just use a circular saw now. These are all the pieces for the structure of the chair, nine pieces for the seat and the arm of the chair.
We have added three pieces for the width of the chair four pieces for the legs and two pieces to support the seat. Recently, I added a new tool to my shop, which is an 8-inch joiner from the cut tip. Now I've been wanting to join it for a very long time, and I don't want to discourage you. You do not need this for this project, I'm mainly trying to speed up my workflow now the main advantage I'm seeking from this is being able to take off some of the layers. So I don't have to spend a ton of time sanding and you can see here one side versus this side. That's a little smoother. I was actually in the market.
Looking for a different brand of a joiner - and I was reading the reviews - and they were mentioned in this - one - which I was unaware with the brand - but if you guys want to check that out I'll link this down in the video description. Now, since I know the direction I'm going, I'm gonna do all my prep work. First before I start the assembly, I'm gonna take three pieces of the lumber for the chair seat and I'm gonna cut a rabbet on both ends and while I have the table saw setup, I'm going to cut all the pieces at one time now, after Making the first pass I'm going to set my table saw up again to make the second pass.
Now you can run test cuts on scrap pieces of wood just to make sure you get this right, it's an outdoor chair, so it doesn't have to be perfect. Now, there are many ways to do this: you don't have to use a table saw so I'm also going to show you another method to accomplish the same thing. I'm using this thinner piece of wood as a guide because this is what the four by fours would rest on now after tracing out that piece of lumber onto the 4x4, then I'm gonna take a reciprocating, saw and then cut this section out. Now you have a total of three lumbers to cut this way, so a total of six of this one on each side.
You can also use a circular saw or a handsaw and right now we're still prepping the seat. I also want to make sure to mark these two pieces together, so I don't run into any mistakes now. This will also be duplicated on both ends. Now you can use a handsaw and a chisel to cut this out, but I'm gonna cheat a little bit by using a multi-tool and with all four pieces being cut out. I can now test the pieces and make sure everything looks good, and now all the prep work is done.
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