Monthly Archives: June 2010

Making a Gout Stool – Part Three

The winter sun smiled down on me today, so I grasped the opportunity to snap a few progress pictures before the next downpour of rain. The cabinetmaking has been finished for a while and the whole stool has been assembled, … Continue reading

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Going Cordless

A while ago, I purchased a DeWalt random orbital sander on-line. It had a power cord like a length of mangled rebar. Even in the 40° C (104° F) heat of summer, the cord was so stiff that it interfered … Continue reading

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Making a Gout Stool – Part Two

Progress on the stool is woefully slow I’m afraid; I have too many fingers in too many pies at present. I did manage to cut the stool’s legs and frame parts to size and mark out the mortises and tenons … Continue reading

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Making a Gout Stool – Part One

Gout – the Georgian disease par excellence – is a form of arthritis that usually affects the big toe, ankle, heel and knee, forming when an excess of uric acid crystallizes in the joints and immediate tissue. It often occurred … Continue reading

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Making an English Comb-back Windsor Chair – Part Six

There’s a very marked difference between the mild to warm winters here in the Antipodes and winters back home in the Northern Hemisphere: I do most of my work outdoors (my small ‘workshop’ basically amounts to tool storage only) and … Continue reading

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Making an English Comb-back Windsor Chair – Part Five

The crest rail was sawn from the solid; the front face is vertical, but the back face was tapered to 1/2″ thick at the top using a drawknife and spokeshave. The mortises for the back sticks were bored prior to … Continue reading

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