The Boggs Bench Blogs

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 Show – Episode 7 The

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Predicting Steam Bent Spring-back

Jeff McCampbell writes, “I’ve asked about seat comfort, but I was wondering about the curves and steam bending,” and let’s see, this is Jeff. Man, you’ve been asking all the questions. He wants it all. “My own experience of snowshoes and bending wood in a canoe in high school where both curves were glued up. Bending legs in seat and

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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 found a supplier yet that

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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 look like a big directional

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The Ask Brian Boggs Show – Episode 7

In this episode, Brian answers questions about joinery! Subscribe on YouTube  – Listen on iTunes TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE Impact of Moisture In Joinery Round Joint Fit Tolerance Burl Wood In Chair Seats Glue Wells for Mortise & Tenons Tapered Double Tenons Past Episodes The Ask Brian Boggs Show – Episode 6 The Ask Brian Boggs Show – Episode 5The Ask Brian

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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 about it, and I almost

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Glue Wells for Mortise & Tenons

From Prusa Woodworks, “Do you have space at the bottom of your mortise for extra glue?” Well, usually, if it’s a shouldered mortise and tenon, I do leave space at the bottom of the glue, of the mortise for glue, just because otherwise, there’s, the glue tends to push the mortise, push the tenon out or the pressure of compressed

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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 true. Rex, I would recommend

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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 answered in the Impact of

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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 times I find that if

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