- 19 October 2015 at 7:24 pm #131475Matt McGraneParticipant
Finally finished the Sellers’ dining chair and I’m very happy with it. It’s made from Douglas fir. I might make three more, but that will have to be later in 2016. This was a really great and challenging project, most notably in getting the proper angles for the rear aspect of the lower side rails. In the end, there was only one M&T joint that didn’t come together as well as I’d like and that was on an upper side rail where it connects to the front leg. One thing I did differently from Paul’s design was to round over the tops of the front legs instead of leaving the flat circle.
I completed the upholstery (vinyl, not leather) this morning and that went well, with one restart after cutting the “cows ear” at the corner improperly. The “helper” that Paul uses for compressing the foam works perfectly and really comes in handy.
Question: I finished it with three coats of shellac (so far). I’m wondering if any of you would add coats of a polyurethane or other type of finish. If I stick with just shellac, I’ll add a coat of paste wax and call it a project.
Questions and comments are encouraged.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/
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You must be logged in to access attached files.19 October 2015 at 8:14 pm #131480OrestesParticipant
I have to CONGRATULATE you.
The chairs looks fantastic.
Bet it was not easy to do.19 October 2015 at 8:35 pm #131481nevynxxxParticipant
Really nicely done!19 October 2015 at 9:00 pm #131482Derek LongParticipant
Excellent! That nice clear Doug Fir you got really paid off.
Denver, Colorado19 October 2015 at 9:41 pm #131484Peter GeorgeParticipant
That looks awesome Matt!
"New York is big, but this is Biggar"19 October 2015 at 9:53 pm #131486Frank JosephMember
Wow that is great looks almost like you know what your doing, says something for the teacher
All kidding aside well done my frend good going.. now make swmbo..5 more
In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.20 October 2015 at 1:40 am #131509EdParticipant
The bad side of shellac is that it can be spoiled by some liquids. The really, really good side of shellac is that you can actually repair it when damaged. Since a chair of this kind should rarely be exposed to liquids, I’d be tempted to stay with shellac for a “use at home” chair. For a chair with wide arms, like Paul’s Craftman rocker, I might think differently. In that case, I really like General Finishes Arm R Seal over water base dye.
Beautiful work!20 October 2015 at 11:12 pm #131535Matt McGraneParticipant
Thanks for all the kind words, everybody. And @ed – thanks for the advise on finishing. I ended up simply sanding my last coat of shellac and adding a coat of paste wax. Looks nicer now.
Incidentally, I dinged an upper side rail while buffing out the wax with a shoe brush. This Doug fir is really soft. I’m going to have to start using some harder woods on projects like this.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/21 October 2015 at 6:08 pm #131564judeParticipant
that chair looks really good. Nice and clean.
Doug fir is quite soft and the chair will get some dings during its life. You can call them “character”.
At least now that you have made your chair and want to make more out of a harder wood you’ll be able to budget for wood correctly. Also, you know what’s in store so you would make less mistakes.
Near Chicago, USA1 January 2016 at 8:21 am #133544laszlo79Participant
Matt – really nice work. Now, you need 3 more to do?
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