“The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down…”
It’s a good thing these chair parts are relatively small…15 or 30 mm isn’t really all that far to fall. Of course we did just have a close encounter with the fourth dimension recently, so you’d better wear your aluminum hats for this one just in case.
This step in the Red and Blue Chair build reveals what is probably my most significant deviation in construction from Rietveld’s original plans. The recommended size of the dowel stock for the joinery is 15mm wide, and I was originally planning to use some standard 5/8 inch Poplar dowels from Home Depot. The dowels I brought home did not fit well into the 5/8 inch test holes I had made in a scrap piece of the Beech though. After mistakenly drilling a 3/4 inch test hole as well, I decided to take the test piece on the road and find the perfect fitting dowels once and for all!
The logical part of my brain (not the one conjuring comparisons to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland obviously) was telling me that these 3/4 inch dowels would provide plenty of strength in the chair’s joinery, so with purchase in hand it was back to the shop…which just so happens to be down in a hole…I mean basement!
Back in the shop it was time to get to drilling. I used one of the chair parts to set the depth of the holes on the drill press. I’m shooting for half the width of the stock, so I scribed a line at the center point, lined up the bottom of the Forstner bit, and locked in the depth stop.
Only the stop block had to be moved to accommodate the location of the various holes along the length of the pieces.
After a couple hours (drilling, moving the stop block, lunch, change a poopy diaper, drill, move the stop block, drill…) all of the parts for both chairs resemble Swiss cheese and are ready for the next step in the joinery process.
Fortunately I’ve recently added a new tool to the shop which will greatly enhance my ability to focus and strategize.