Monday, January 26, 2009

Trimming the Perch

Here is the final video in the Perch series. Thanks for your patience and keep sending me the photos of the perches you've made!

Last week, I had a great time working with Elia Bizzarri. He is a talented chairmaker and we had a fine time comparing notes. I am looking forward to the class that we are teaching at Arrowmont in March. There are a few spots open for the class (including potential scholarship positions) so check it out or spread the word.

The perch is a bit awkward to hold steady at this point in the process. Usually I use a combination of wrestling holds and clamps. To get clear shots of the cutting, I had to use less steadying force, so please forgive the shaky action.

Here's a link to view the video directly on or just watch it below.


Paul Jason said...


Like all of your videos this one was great.

Two questions

1. I noticed you had a brace of some sort holding the chair while you where sawing. Was it attached to the wall?

2. Was the heavy pixelation of this video due to you zooming in after the video was shot?

Kari Hultman said...

Terrific video, Pete! Makes me want to go out to my shop and hug my handtools.

I don't recognize the compass you used to mark the bottom of the legs. Where did you get it?

Peter Galbert said...

I usually pad a wood bar and then set it on top of the stretchers and then clamp the bar to the low bench. Or I pad the stretchers and steady them with my feet. As for the video, try watching it directly on youtube and click "watch in high quality"
good luck

Peter Galbert said...

The tool is called the accuscribe pro (around $17). I love and hate this tools. After having 3, yes 3 sent to me, I've given up on it holding a setting tight and just treat it with tlc. In my book, the idea is great (and I can make it work) but the execution is still lacking. That said, I use it a lot (even if Elia teases me about it) and think it's worth the paltry sum.
Don't say I didn't warn you!

Anonymous said...

Hey pete,
I posted a comment a couple weeks back about the log that would not split. Well I finally got it apart and it's grain was so twisted inside that I don't believe I will be able to use it.

Andrew Jack said...

Hello Pete!

i have been following this perch from start to finish! this last video begs the question:

what did you sit on to do the finish work on the seat you used to work on this perch?

also.. with the accuscribe, have you tried disasssembling the offending joints and giving some tooth to the plastic with some 80g or similar? i have one and know what you mean.. handle with care...
great blog, keep it up indefinately.

Peter Galbert said...

That's a bummer about the log, but I'm afraid it's a pretty common first experience. I tried to split my first log while a bunch of the guys at the sawmill stood around in delight, giggling at the dope trying to split a gnarly red oak. How I managed to pick a gnarly one out of the stack of perfect logs, I still can't fathom. I'd recommend trying to find some portion of it that is suitable and cutting it free from the log. It's a harsh lesson, but, now you know, the quality of the log is the first step in making this type of woodworking flow. Keep the faith!