Purchased the two page Blacker Greene Hall Bench Plan. My first effort making something from just drawings. . . Cannot figure out if the back is supposed to ’tilt’ back or is it perpendicular to the seat? If the slats are to be cut at an angle please let me know the degree… your help would be appreciated. Love the drawings. Jim
The back tilts back at 1.1 degrees, but that number doesn’t do you much good. How are you going to set your saw to cut the joints, and how are you going to know if you have it right or not? I’d suggest you get one of these:
You can use that on the section drawing to directly copy the angle from the drawing. I’d also suggest that you make a full-size copy of the section drawing on a piece of 1/4″ plywood or (something similar) and use that as a reference as you build. That way you can place the parts on the layout to get the correct sizes and angles. Hope this helps,
A couple of weeks later came a response saying “that was working great” and a question about attaching the arms. My answer led to an offer of home made raspberry jam, which I gratefully accepted. Then the other day came another e-mail with the attached photo. Here’s a portion of that message:
Thanks so very much for your help and excellent plans. No router…got to know the hand tools … wanted to burn the thing several times but alas my friends have an entry bench made of wood from their land. Cherry, curly maple (back and seats) cherry/ebony plugs. The bench is done…but the friendships made and nurtured from the project are cherished. jimmyj
I don’t know Jim beyond this brief correspondence, but that and the photo say a lot about him. He took on a challenge, succeeded admirably, and he’s the type of guy you want as a friend. Thanks to my new friend Jim for sharing-his work, his story, and the best raspberry jam I’ve had since my grandmother passed away.
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