21 April 2016 at 10:51 pm #136581
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a project. That’s because I’ve spent the last three months making three more dining chairs (I completed the first one in October 2015). These definitely get easier as you make more of them, but they are still challenging and take a long time. Not all of my side rail joints are perfectly seated – I would love to see how Paul goes about correcting a situation like that. His joints always seem to fit perfectly without needing to be tweaked.
I altered the design of the back slats for two of the chairs by making them slightly “S” shaped. Otherwise, they are straight from Paul’s design. I used upholstery fabric that my wife picked out for the seats and that turned out great.
I’ve started blogging about my projects to record progress and help me remember things. I have a lot of build details and progress photos for those of you who are interested at http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/.
These chairs are from rough sawn “vertical grain” kiln dried Douglas fir. The wood was fairly well behaved, though it has a tendency to fracture at corners where the grain rises to the surface. Finished with three coats of shellac and one coat of paste wax.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/
You must be logged in to access attached files.21 April 2016 at 11:39 pm #136587Derek LongParticipant
Those came out great, Matt.
Denver, Colorado22 April 2016 at 12:36 am #136589BrianJParticipant
Great to see progress on those, must be very satisfying to see them come together.
Ontario, Canada22 April 2016 at 3:10 am #136590
Thanks, guys. Yeah Brian, satisfying is the right word for it. I’m thrilled that they are finally complete and now I can move on to other things.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/22 April 2016 at 6:12 am #136597Peter GeorgeParticipant
Those look awesome Matt!
"New York is big, but this is Biggar"22 April 2016 at 11:47 am #136601OrestesParticipant
Those chairs are AWESOME, wow
As my son would say, Mad Props22 April 2016 at 7:58 pm #136611David GillParticipant
Those chairs are very impressive, the timber frames and the uphostery looks fantastic. I like the look of the Douglas fir timber, it is not something I have used
I have also had a look at your Blog site that is very interesting I will have a proper look later
Wigan, Lancs. England :22 April 2016 at 9:16 pm #136612MishaParticipant
Nice looking chairs. Good work.
Misha22 April 2016 at 9:23 pm #136613
Thanks guys, I really appreciate your comments.
@daveg – David, I’ve been chatting with someone who just hates Douglas fir. He says that it splits, cracks and is brittle. I have a feeling that I got a better grade of Doug fir. The lumber store called it “vertical grain Douglas fir”. It is very straight grained with very few knots, and it was pretty easy to work. I do have to be very careful at corners – if I plane or spokeshave against the grain, it can rip out chunks that will affect the look of the piece. Maybe not too bad for non-woodworkers, but for me it makes it look bad.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/6 May 2016 at 10:34 pm #137055Dan RoperParticipant
Matt, those look great. Good job!
Dan7 May 2016 at 11:24 am #137060Nick dunbarParticipant
Lovely chairs Matt.11 June 2016 at 4:20 am #137759dovetailsParticipant
Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I am considering getting started on one now.
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