About 99 percent of what we do is furniture repair, either in our shop of on-site. Every now and then someone comes to us wanting something custom made.
For the past week or so Bryan has been working on making four classic dining room chairs for a customer. Bryan has a sample to build from, which on one hand shows him exactly what he needs to do, but on the other hand, he needs to do it exactly!
He must determine the wood to use (white oak in this case, which is a nice dense hardwood) define and measure each of the 17 pieces, figure out the joinery (there will be no nails or screws in these chairs!) and any special techniques needed. Sounds easy, but even for “basic” chairs like these, something as simple as a 4 degree angle can be complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing.
He has all the legs and rails cut, bored holes for the dowels and tenons. This week he’ll work on the backs and seats then it’s on to sanding and finishing.