1. So excited about this project! I can’t wait to build one of these elegant chairs (actually, I could do with building six!) I better go and source some nice oak! Thanks for the inspirational projects Paul.

  1. Wow, this is perfect timing. I actually _am_ intimidated by chair building, because I did assume there were a lot of little details that went into chair design. Obviously, chair makers have figured those out over the last few hundred years, but because I don’t even know what kinds of problems can arise, I also didn’t know where to look for solutions.

    I do feel I could have sent Paul an email with a suggestion to start a chair project. I’m sure he’s always looking for things that people want to learn about. In this case, he beat me to it. Maybe next time, I’ll remember that I actually know (not that he knows me :D) an expert on all things wooden.

  2. I never built a chair they look intimidating but I think the biggest drawback for me is the price of quarter sawn material. Everyone knows by now that in Australia everything is a lot more expensive than the rest of the world.

    1. Im curious , If you were to but the lumber cut down to size and have it shipped say FedEx or UPS do you have carriers like that in Australia. What about the Philippine’s Maybe use one of there local types of wood. I was just wondering. I know if I lived in a place like you where good Lumber was hard to come by I would be trying to find a good source of the local trees that would work. when I was living over there I saw them make a lot of furniture that was made of some nice wood. Cant say that much about the quality of the Furniture but that was just strictly the craftsman’s fault. What kind of wood species do you have over there. And what would it cost per board foot say for the least expensive like a pine, or for the most expensive hardwood? I would really like to know this. I dont mind helping you If I can. I could get the lumber for you here Mill it down to rough size and package it up. This Chair really isnt that much anyway. Myself I have lots of QSWO but the 8/4 I would be shy of. I think I paid around seven to nine dollars per board foot. I cant quite remember I would have to pull the invoices. But all of Mine is Select or Better with Highly figured with the Medullary Rays. If your interested call Cad at Mutterspaw lumber or email him to see how much he could sell you some for and ship it to where you are. I know he will cut it down to size. Let me know If I could help. Cheers Chris

  3. I have, in the past, made nine small chairs for people’s grandchildren. They have all ways been square type seating. This new project is just what I need being angled from front to back. I can’t wait to see it being made. Thank you Paul.

  4. Yes…I AM intimidated by chair making. I made a mock up for a set of dining room chairs with arched backs and a splayed seat. The angles were difficult/impossible to figure out. I initially drew it on CAD, so I had the advantage of querying any part/angle I needed. Ultimately, I never made the set. I’m anxious to see how angles, arcs and other dimensions are all calculated and figured out.

  5. Completed a “prototype” of this chair using scrap (Douglas Fir) lumber, my wife loves it. So I need to make 8 chairs out of cherry wood to match the cherry
    trestle table I completed last October. I was looking for a Bill of Material that would show the number of board feet and size requirements for a single chair? I found, on the internet, the amount of wood for Paul’s rocking chair, 13.5 BF of 8/4 and 9 BF of 4/4. Looking for something similar for the dining chair. Thanks

    1. Hi All
      I was wondering if the design could be adapted to use as a rocking chair or if there are some other considerations apart from the rockers , for example do you have to splay the legs etc


  6. For our home’s purposes (small, messy children!), we’d prefer not to do the upholstery bit and just have a wooden seat. Does this include directions for that as an option? If not, where might I go to learn how to add a proper chair seat? Thanks!

  7. In installment 4, out of thin air, Paul pulls a template for the curves to be cut into the vertical sides of top two cross pieces of the back frame (top support rail and lower support rail?). Other than the radii of the curves, no information is given about that template or how it was produced. What distance separates the 33-1/2 inch radiused surface from the 34-1/2 radiused surface? Where do those curves intersect the ends of those boards? Would it be possible to add a dimensioned diagram of that template to the project info? Right now my plan is to wing it. I don’t like my plan.

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