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Paolini began woodworking in high school and found that he had an affinity for the Arts and Crafts style.
Waynesville, North Carolina
Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., he and his wife moved in 2006 to a small town near Asheville, N.C. Paolini builds custom furniture, is a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking, and a blogger for the Woodworking Life.
In this video workshop, he’ll show you step-by-step how to make a this comfortable Arts and Crafts recliner. For the most part, the construction is straightforward. But the most distinctive part of the chair–its bow arms–presents two big challenges: making a curved lamination, and cutting a mortise-and-tenon joint on the curved arms and side frame.
He’ll show how laminating the arms gets you around those challenges. And he’ll also demonstrate how to get striking quartersawn grain everywhere it counts, including a simple and authentic method for making a leg with four quartersawn faces.
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Produced by: David Heim; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Michael Dobsevage
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August 7, 2012
Get an overview of how Paolini constructs this elegant Morris chair.
Paolini creates the bow arm for this chair using bent lamination. A form helps to keep plies in line. Get Paolini's tips for making it.
Bent laminations can be tricky, but they don't need to be. Learn Paolini's tricks to keep the plies aligned and avoid springback.
Paolini shows a simple way to get four quartersawn faces using a solid core with veneers over the flatsawn edges.
Tips for cutting mortises with a handheld router
Learn Paolini’s technique for cutting tenons using a dado head on the tablesaw.
Paolini cuts these tenons on the tablesaw then uses chisels to match it to the curve of the bow arm.
Paolini hogs out the waste with a Forstner bit, then cleans the mortise up by hand.
The back-slat tenons are cut before shaping the curved parts.
Paolini prepares for glue up and assembly.
Even a novice can turn these pins.
Paolini assembles and finishes the base.
Paolini shares a few pointers on the cushions.
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