Brian Boggs

The Ask Brian Boggs Show – Episode 8

In this episode, Brian answers questions on the evolution of his designs, acclimating lumber, comfort curves and predicting steam bent spring-back. Subscribe on YouTube  – Listen on iTunes TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE The Evolution of My Designs Acclimating Lumber Comfort Curves and The Constellation of A Chair Predicting Steam Bent Spring-back Past Episodes The Ask Brian Boggs …

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Acclimating Lumber

Scott Seganti writes, “I ordered some lumber online for the first time and had a question about acclimation procedure. Bought some eight quarter Claro Walnut from Oregon where the average humidity is around 70%. The wood came in to this Arizona shop at 15-17% moisture content.” And by the way, this is not uncommon. We have not …

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The Evolution of My Designs

@bearkatwood writes in, “What prompted you to make such a bold departure from the Appalachian post and rung chair you made for so long, and in what direction would you like to steer your design style in the future?” Well, if, there’s a lot of missing pieces in what most people have seen and what will …

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Tapered Double Tenons

JMAwoodworks writes in, “Can you talk more about your tapered tenon universal joint, how you arrived at it, and broadly how you make both parts, and what application it might have in a home shop?” That’s a big one, and I’m glad you wrote this in ahead of time, because I had time to think …

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Burl Wood In Chair Seats

Rex B. writes in, “Is burl wood acceptable for chairs, seats, and backs, and if so, are there any special techniques that should be used with burl wood? Obviously, it will vary from tree to tree and species to species, and shouldn’t be used, and should be without cracks or inclusions.” Well, that’s for sure …

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Round Joint Fit Tolerance

Pennington Windsor Chairs writes in, “Hey, Brian. At Rundell, and Rundell and I were discussing in our class recently how tight the 5/8 mortise-and-tenon for Windsor and ladderback chairs should be after super-drying the tenon and using hide glue. Your thoughts?” Well, the language used in fitting joints is often similar to the question I …

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Impact of Moisture In Joinery

I received this question in episode 7 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: “I cut my mortise and tenon joints so that they can be assembled by hand pressure and they don’t fall apart from the force of gravity. I presume that means you’re holding them up so the thing, the tenon would fall out. “Many …

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