1. Introduction

An overview and goals of the Side Chair Build series  |  Read more…


2. Logs and Lumber

Evaluate a log’s suitability for chair wood   |  Mill a log for the best grain orientation for each chair part  |  Mill for the most efficient use of each board  |  Read more…


3. Milling Blank Parts, Part 1 — Rear Legs

Choosing a rift sawn board for the rear legs  |  Layout the rear leg blanks  |  Mill the rear leg blanks  |  Read more…


4. Milling Blank Parts, Part 2 — Slats, Front Legs, and Rungs

Choosing a quarter sawn board for slats  |  Layout and mill a slat blank  |  Layout and mill the front leg and rung blanks  |  Read more…


5. Preparing the Rear Legs for Bending

Understanding ideal grain orientation for the rear leg blanks  |  Transforming a rough milled rear leg blank to a final blank ready for steam bending  |  Read more…


6. Steam Bending, Part 1 — A Simple Steam Bending Set-up

Steam generation  |  Steam box  |  Rear leg bending form  |  Sources for steam bending supplies  |  Read more…


7. Steam Bending, Part 2 — Bending the Rear Legs

Using the steamers  |  Steam time  |  Moisture content for steam bent parts  |  Why use a bending strap  |  Bend the rear legs  |  Dry the rear legs  |  Read more…


8. Prepare Slats for Steam Bending

Transform a rough, quarter sawn slat blank into individual slat blanks ready for steam bending  |   Read more…


9. Bending the Slats

Dimensions for the slat bending form and slat drying form  |  Bend the slats  |  Dry the slats  |  Source of supply for the slat bending strap  |   Read more…


10. Post Bend Shaping — Rear Legs, Part 1

Evaluating each leg for flatness  |  Joint on side flat  |  Thickness the legs to final dimension  |  Trimming the curved rear legs to length  |   Read more…


11. Post Bend Shaping — Rear Legs, Part 2

Final milling steps prior to slat mortising  |  Relief cut  |  Taper  |   Read more…


12. Chair Design, Part 1

Two views of the side chair  |   Read more…


13. Slat Mortising, Part 1 — Layout

Issues in laying out the slat mortises  |  Improved method of laying out the slat mortises  |  Read more…


14. Slat Mortising, Part 2 — Building a Slat Mortising Jig

Layout the template  |  Build the slat mortising jig  |  Read more…


15. Slat Mortising, Part 3 — Cutting Slat Mortises

Align the leg in the slat mortising jig  |  Cut the slat mortises with a router  |  Read more…


16. Fitting Slats, Part 1 — Build a Holding and Measuring Jig

Get the holding jig measurements and angles from known dimensions of the rear legs and rungs  |  Build the holding jig  |  Build the measuring jig  |  Read more…


17. Fitting Slats, Part 2 — Layout the Slat Profiles

How to use the holding and measuring jigs  |  Transfer dimensions from the measuring jig to the slat blank  |  Layout the slat profile  |  Saw out the finished slat blank  |  Read more…


18. Fitting Slats, Part 3 — Fitting the Slat Tenons

Precise hand-fitting of a slat tenon to it’s mortise  |  Read more…


19. Fitting Slats, Part 4 — Dry Fit the Rear Panel Assembly

Fit each slat tenon to it’s mortise  |  Evaluate the relationship of the components of the rear panel assembly  |  Adjust slats for a perfect rear panel  |  Dry fit the rear panel assembly  |  Read more…


20. Hand Shaping, Part 1: Tools

Drawknives, spokeshaves, card scrapers, and the shaving horse  |  Read more…


21. Hand Shaping, Part 2: Front Legs

Shape the front legs using a drawknife, spokeshave and scraper  |  Read more…


22. Hand Shaping, Part 3: Rear Legs

Shape the rear legs using a drawknife, spokeshave and scraper  |  Read more…


23. Hand Shaping, Part 4: Slats

Final shaping of the slats using a round bottom spokeshave  |  Read more…


24. Turning, Part 1

Tools and custom accessories used for turning rungs  |  Read more…


25. Turning, Part 2

Milling rung stock and turning rungs  |  Read more…