Eugenia Ayala Outdoor September 06th, 2018 - 18:12:00
Chaise lounge chair on modern builds. So I started this project by just drawing out the shape of the chair with a piece of chalk. On my concrete floor now I did a few sketches prior on paper, but I didn't really know the proportion and I didn't know how it was gonna fit me. So I thought this was just going to be the easiest way to figure it out and once I had a rough idea of my shape, I went ahead and got my two by twelves and cut them to length. I ended up using four two by twelves, but I think if I was a little bit smarter with the way I cut everything I could have gotten it out of three pieces now.
I know my grain orientation here isn't great. Typically for the back of a chair. You would have the grain going vertically that way it's stronger, but aesthetically. I wanted all the grain going across, so I used my dialing jig, which I'll leave a link to in the description as well as in my written article. That way where my two boards would always meet, it would be really strong and I wouldn't have to worry about it.
Now, this was definitely the weirdest shaped glue-up that I've ever done, but once I was all dry, I used a sharpie and just made the outline of the chair. Then I could use my jigsaw and cut it out now, I'm making sure not to take the line. When I cut that way, I can come back with a belt sander to clean it up later and once I had one side completely done, I used that as a template to mark and cut my second now. Obviously, my two pieces are not perfectly symmetrical, so I clamp the two together and then I used a belt sander to make them as symmetrical as possible. I also use the belt sander to finalize the shape of the chair.
Okay, so I sat in the chair and there's a little bit of a problem. The legs come up a little too high, so what I need to do is draw out a new line that I can then cut and sand back down. That way. Your knees sit. A little bit lower and they're not up in your chest, let's get started so. Obviously, in hindsight, if I knew that I wouldn't be using that third piece of the 2 by 12, I would not have cut and glued that on there. But I didn't know at the time so no harm no foul and now with the legs recut and reshaped. I could go ahead and sit back on it and it felt great super comfortable, and my next step is just to use the belt sander again to clean up the faces of my sides and as an optional step.
I use a router with a really big round over bit just to clean up the edges so that it rolls easier and won't splinter to make my slash I set my table saw to 3/8 of an inch, and I cut a bunch of two by fours down Into strips, I used two three two by fours and I was able to get all the pieces I need out of it here, I'm cutting them to 24 inches and trying to avoid the knots as much as possible, and once I had all my pieces cut, I Needed to drill the holes for me to attach them to the side, so I used my drill press with a fins and a stop block. That way, I could repeat the cuts, really quick and it would all be symmetrical and once I had all of them done, I came back with a countersink bit and just countersink.