There are several woodworking sites that I follow on Facebook and one of them is Ana White's. She runs a DIY blog and gives out plenty of free plans that she sketches. A couple of weeks ago she posted a plan for a thumb chair that you can find HERE. Once I saw it I knew that it would be perfect for my two boys. It can be made out of 1x3's and some 1x12. My local Home Depot never has flat 1x12's so I picked up some 1x6's and will be gluing them up for the seat bottom & back.
This is the example from her blog.
I set the angle for 10 degrees
and the bevel for 5 degrees
Here is the mitre saw all set up and ready to cut
I am making 2 chairs and I set up a stop block to make sure all thelegs are the same length. I almost reset the saw to the other side to cut the other
half of the legs when I realized that you can flip and then turn them over to get theopposite side.
Make sure that the bevel leans into the center of the chair when youconnect the pieces.
I drilled pockety holes into the cross pieces for the legs and the stretchersthat connect the two leg assemblies.
This Kreg clamp is a life saver. I have a real problem with the wood shiftingwhen I drill in the pockets holes and making the pieces uneven.
It wasn't in the plans but I used a 1/4" roundover bit on my router tableto ease over the sides of the legs and bottom of the crosspieces. I left the top
and bottoms flat. The top of the legs is at a 5 degree bevel but the crosspiece
is not so I had to be careful when I attached them to keep the high point to
I also rounded over the bottom of the stretchers.
I used my Rockler mini clamp-it to get the strectchers in the rightplace and angle for gluing and screwing.
It's always good to have a helper.
I marked the two pieces to make them easier to line up.
One side done.
I test fitted it before applying glue.
One of my legs shifted a little so it's not quite square butit sits flat on the ground so I am not going to complain.
I'm halfway done with the first chair.
This is post 1 of a 3 part series.
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