I've been turning a lot lately. Five weeks ago I got an order for 40 chairs (28 loop backs and 12 Continuous Arm chairs) for a Michigan hunting camp's dining hall. I've turned 250 legs, arm stumps and center stretchers on my 1800# pattermaker's lathe. Seth...
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Steam Boxes, Part 3: Heat Sources
by Elia Bizzarri | Feb 5, 2022 | Steam Box | 1 Comment
The size of steam-generator you need is related to the size of your steam box, how well insulated it is and the temperature of the air around the box. It is probably cheaper and easier to insulate your box thoroughly rather than increase the size of your steam...
Steam Boxes: Doors, Racks, Extensions and More
by Elia Bizzarri | Jul 27, 2021 | Steam Box | 1 Comment
The first part of this series talked about heat, what to make you box out of and whether you really need a box at all. On to other details: Box size: The box should be as small as possible to minimize the amount of steam you need. The longest standard part...
Reject Baseball Bats Turned Chair Legs
by Elia Bizzarri | Jun 22, 2021 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies | 0 Comments
Brian Boggs called one afternoon a couple months ago. "There are two 18-wheeler loads of green hard maple baseball bat blanks and scraps at this mill in Pennsylvania I just left," he said. Alexa spouted directions in the background as he made his way back to the...
Green Wood Source List: By You for You
by Elia Bizzarri | Dec 25, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Classes, Craft Films, Kiln | 1 Comment
Where do you get green wood? I get this question regularly and it's a hard one to answer. Seth and I sell oak splits for chairs, but it's not exactly cheap if you need a bunch of parts. My blog has general suggestions for where to look, but wouldn't it be nice if...
GreenBook: A Book List for Green Woodworkers
by Elia Bizzarri | Nov 6, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To | 3 Comments
Bob Simmons put together this spreadsheet of Green Woodworking books. Feel free to add your favorite books and edit however you see fit - this is truly a communal book list, by you for you. Happy reading! GreenBook
by Elia Bizzarri | Sep 2, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, How-To | 7 Comments
After seeing Bob Simmons space-saving shaving horse ideas, Jason Gallagher send me photos of this modified Tim Manney horse that Jason made with his buddy Tommy. With a few wedged joints, it knocks down nicely into a small bundle of parts. In his...
Drill Bits online class/Greenwood Videos
by Elia Bizzarri | Aug 23, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies | 2 Comments
DRILL BITS: POSITIVE TOOLS FOR MAKING NEGATIVE SPACES Buying (what to look for in old drill bits and new ones) Choosing the right bit for the job Sharpening Augers, Spoon Bits, Center Bits, etc. Making Bradpoints from Twist Bits Q&A Session Saturday, August...
by Elia Bizzarri | Aug 6, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies | 7 Comments
My first online class about drawknives was quite a success last weekend. Fifty-eight people registered for the class and Roy Underhill showed up with lots of equipment and proceeded to film the entire class for me. We had lots of good questions. One question that came...
Update and Free Spindles
by Elia Bizzarri | Jul 20, 2020 | Chairmaking Tools and Supplies, Classes | 26 Comments
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