Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Danish Chairbuilding Extravaganza 2018, day 5, Ty's chair and repairing a window.

I just found a bunch of pictures from the 5th day of the DCBE, and to contribute to the impression of a chaotic event, I figured that it would be appropriate to go from blogging about day 22 to day 5.

Day 5 was Friday, and as you might have read on Brian's blog, things didn't exactly go as smooth as they could have on that day.

It started OK with a bit of time spent at the lathe making legs, until "Brian got worried that I might get ahead of him in the imaginary race for completing a chair". So he deliberately broke a window with a broom..
He claims that there was a bee or a wasp, but seriously, who would even think of trying to kill a wasp using a shop broom?? :-)

Luckily the weather was nice, so we could live without the window for a little while though there was a bit of draft in the shop and especially near the lathe, so as soon as we had gotten the new piece of glass I set out to change it.
Meanwhile my dad had arrived, and he "helped" me trying to change the piece of glass by staying really really close all the time, and shouting OUUUHH into my ear whenever he thought there was a potential of something going south.
After the 8th OUUUHHH I got sort of fed up, and decided that I needed to trim the groove for the glass since the new glass was ever so slightly thicker than the old.
I tried to turn around and put the glass down at some place where it wouldn't get kicked around, and after getting my dad to move something like almost 10" away from me, I tried to gently put the piece of glass away. before even letting go of it my dad burst into the final OOOOUUUHHH, and I slammed the freakin piece of glass hard into the floor. Given that all this took place in the part of the shop that has a concrete floor there was an immediate result of more broken glass. And my temperature and blood pressure rose instantly.

I managed to stay sort of level headed and not shouting at anyone, I went into another part of the barn and removed a 44"x44" piece of glass from an old frame. This is actually spare glass for our greenhouse, but at that particular moment I really didn't care. I cut the glass to the required much smaller size and somehow I managed to put in the glass without damaging anything or anyone else.
But my mood could have been better.

After eating something my blood sugar went back to normal and it was once again a great event :-)

Ty completed his chair with canvas and all, and it looked like something out of a magazine.

In the evening Mikkel from Haandkraft stopped by, and we talked a lot about this and that (mostly stuff that had something to do with wood).
Mikkel told about his problems with the notoriously customer-unfriendly Royal Danish Mail that made sure to hold back his copy of Mortise & Tenon magazine, and then they would send him an invoice of 25$ covering the trouble they have had by holding back the magazine and deciding that he didn't have to pay any import duties on it, but off course he still had to pay them for telling him that..

My dad had brought a bunch of tools with him again, so we made the usual small flea market in the stable and got ourselves some more stuff :-)

The newly broken glass in the cardboard box.

Small tool flea market.

Mikkel visiting, notice the cool T-shirt.

Seat canvas mounting of Ty's chair.

Rear legs hold together the seat frame and support the back.

A small steel rod ensures the canvas loop stay inside the slot.

No superfluous material on this chair!

Brian test fitting rockers.

Elegant lounge chair.

Hornbeam and canvas.

Starting to saddle the seat of the nanny rocker.


  1. Thank you for allowing me to stop by. It was nice to meet you all.

    Hope we get a chance to meet again soon :-)

    1. Hi Mikkel,
      It is an honour to have a fellow blogger visiting :-)
      You are always welcome to stop by if you are on the island with time to spare.


  2. Haha! What a great story. While you and your dad were busy fixing that window, I took lots of pictures, if you want to see the look on your face.

    Honestly, I do feel bad about breaking that window. And at such a critical time. As soon as the window was broken, pretty much progress on your nanny rocker stopped for the day, and I was able to keep plugging away at mine. I actually got an enormous amount of work done on my chair at that time.

    My favorite part, though, was you used a piece of glass so dirty that it couldn't be seen through, and I am confident it still looks like that to this day. Haha!

    1. Hahaha,
      I don't think I want to see those picture. I have a pretty good idea of that I don't look like a used car salesman but more like some grumpy old high school janitor.

      You are absolutely correct about the piece of glass still being kind of opaque.
      It will stay that way until the next DCBE I am sure. That way I can be reminded of the court room scene from "My cousin Vinny"

      What's that brown stuff on your window? DIRT!!


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  3. That's a great looking chair too. do you know how he made the hole/slot for the steel rod? it makes an interesting detail beyond just functionality.

    1. Hi Jeremy

      Yes, I know how he did it, but I am afraid that no one took any pictures of it.
      Ty is a trained tool maker, so in a matter of half an hour or so he had ground two old drill bits into custom router bits capable of making that slot.
      First he made something close to a regular "end router bit". and then he followed up with a "keyhole bit".

      I'll try to make a sketch and blog about it tonight, cause it is a really smart trick to know.

      Those custom made bits were used in my regular router, and it worked like a charm.


    2. That slot is one of the details that made me make this chair in the forst place. Have seen it on a few occations and found it to be an elegant solution but newer tryed it myself.
      The method for making router bits is simple, in the toolmaking trade known as a "stikkel". A round rod is ground flat til it is exactly 1/2 diameter thick. Then, when rotating, ground to a suitable shape and last a reveal is ground on all but the leading edge (if that makes sense). Simpe stright ones look like this:
      HSS dont last that long in a router but get realy sharp and leaves a nice surface. Have a go at it!

    3. Hi Ty

      I think you need to make a blog post about how to make a "stikkel" :-)

      If you still have the ones that you made, you could just take a picture of them.

      Best regards

  4. I am even more curious as to how he managed to slide both the rod and the canvas around it into the slot??
    Yes a post by Ty would be nice.
    Does he have a blog?

    Bob, with Rudy on my lap, sipping coffee and catching up on my blogs reading

    1. Hi Bob

      Ty doesn't have a blog, but Brian offered him to do some guest blogging at Toolerable. That is also how I started, so I think it is a great idea.

      Being a trained tool maker, Ty worked with a very high level of precision. One of the best examples is that at the end where the canvas was folded, he ground away on the steel rod, so that the outside of the assembly was still the same.
      I was busy changing the window :-) so I never really saw him put it together.

      Sipping coffee and catching up on blogs with a dog on your lap sounds like a "heckuva" great time to me.