So what are you, some kind of bump on a log..? Now get up, go grab your tools and lets have some fun!
Here at Log Furniture How To, we are committed to bring you the widest variety of techniques known and most innovative tips available to help you create your own log furniture master piece.
We understand there are as many methods to craft log furniture as there are types of trees in the forest.
Because of this diversity in construction methods and styles we are always on the lookout for skilled artisans who believe in sharing what they have learned through their years of experience to help those of us who are still interested in learning more.
Today I’d like to introduce our newest guest instructor, Scott Shaeffer, head craftsman and owner of San Jaun Carpentry.
View Scott Shaeffer’s, San Juan Signature Collection here.
Then watch this video and join me as we welcome Scott to our quickly growing team of gifted artisans.
In this video, Scott Shaeffer of San Juan Carpentry, teaches how-to build a log Bar Stool complete with an interchangeable upholstered leather top.
With just a bit of practice, this is a project that many folks should be able to complete in about a day or so once all the materials are on hand.
Scott has a unique home shop set-up in his single car garage. He uses his wood-turning lathe as an innovative means to hold and turn the logs as he begins removing the bark. You will notice, Scott is using a small draw knife to remove the larger pieces of bark before pulling out his sander.
When using any tool in a manner not recommended by the manufacturer it is always best to be certain it is safely unplugged or be prepared to dance with the devil.
Preparing the logs
Next, Scott is using 80 grit sand paper in the early stages to quickly remove any bark residue and dirt without changing the natural shape of the logs.
After adjusting his one-0f-a-kind shop table, Scott proceeds to cut the legs to length on his miter saw, using a jig that gives them a 3″ taper.
Drill a 1/4″ pilot hole in the top of each leg. Number each leg to correspond to the already cut 3/4″ plywood seat. After aligning the legs use a level or straight edge to scribe a line through the center of each leg. These lines will not only be used to show you where to put the holes for the spindles but where to “aim the hole”.
Mark the line with either a six or a nine in reference to the height of each spindle.
Note: Try to minimize the number of times you remove the bolts from the logs.
Now you will see that Scott is now using another set of Jigs to hold each log as he drills the spindle hole using his bench-top drill press.
Next, it is important not to overlook drilling the pilot holes for the plug holes. Change from a 1 1/2″ bit to a 15/16″ bit.
To complete the final sanding use a 120 grit sand paper.
Preparing the Spindles
Now it is time to align each leg and measure for the spindles. Be certain to select logs for the spindles that exceed the mortise holes. Remember, the mortise holes where drilled using an 1 1/2″ paddle bit.
When it comes to forming tenons, there are many techniques employed. In the video, Scott uses his wood turning lathe.
It is important here for both style and structure for each tenon to be as tight as possible.
Now, loosen the legs and use wood glue and bolts as you attach the spindles. Don’t hesitate to use a dead blow hammer if needed.
Then, simply re-tighten the bolt on each leg and fill with a slice of 1″ dowel rod. This will be cut flush and sanded to blend.
The final step in the construction process critical. Leveling the legs is the key to any finished log bar stool. You may need to use a hand saw or perhaps simply your sander. Take the time to get this right now and never worry about a wobbly stool again.
Finishing your log furniture is a tutorial in and of itself.
Here, Scott uses a high quality Danish Oil . This oil is a natural substance that brings out the true beauty of the wood.
Now, You are invited to view more of Scott’s thoughtfully hand-crafted, San Juan Signature Collection at his website.
View Scott Shaeffer’s, San Juan Signature Collection here http://sanjuancarpentry.com/san_juan_collection
Special thanks to Featured musical artist: Tim Guidotti, Durango Colorado
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