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Thanks Curtis

I first met Curtis Buchanan 15 years ago this month. My father drove the five hours to Jonesborough, TN and dropped me, a 17-year-old homesick boy, off for a week. Curtis had a student that week. I split logs and

Posted in Chair Stories, Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Craft Films

Kiln Construction

We have talked about kiln temperatures and kiln heaters, now onto kiln construction. Size The primary use of a chairmaking kiln is to super-dry tenons. It’s nice to be able to set bends in a kiln too. This requires the

Posted in How-To, Kiln

Dowel Plates/New Class

Over a decade ago, a customer told me he used a dowel plate to cut the tenons on his spindles.  “That won’t work,” I replied, having never tried it myself.  Last fall, I switched to using dowel plates to cut

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Classes, Craft Films, How-To

Black-over-Red/Oak for Sale

We’ve painted the red coats on our rocker in a few previous posts, so it’s time for the black: Make sure you spoon the foam off the top of the paint.  I do this every time I mix up paint.

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Finishing

Kiln Heaters

Part two of my three part kiln series. Kilns can be heated in two different ways. The heat source can run all the time, so that the temperature of the kiln is relative to the temperature of the air in

Posted in Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To, Kiln

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