Building a Houseful of Furniture #3: Living Room and Dining Room

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 03-24-2013 08:15 PM 2993 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Watch this video to take a short tour of the furniture I’ve made in my living room and dining room. These rooms are the first thing you see when you walk into our house. Unfortunately, the living room had very little furniture that I’d made. My wife and I came up with a furniture plan to resolve that and I’m well on my way to filling the living room with hand-crafted furniture.

The rocking chairs are quite comfortable and I love the sweeping lines. The foot stools provide another seating position and you could fall asleep in these chairs. The video showed the room as it currently sits with a mismatched end table. This photo shows one of my night stands in its place. I’ll make a similar table, with a shelf, a couple of inches shorter.

The book case is cherry. I used to have a more formal living room with some ball and claw foot pieces. However, this case still fits in with the modern Shaker style.

The rocking chair is a kit. I bought it through Garrett Wade, but it’s likely a Shaker Workshops product. I used to own an adult rocker and a few bar stools in a similar style.

The Shaker shelf is versatile. I’ve used these in an entry hall in previous homes and hung coats on it.

Extra chairs fill extra space well. The shelf and chair helped fill a void in this huge living room.

The trestle table and the benches seat a lot of people. This set has bounced between the kitchen and the dining room over the years depending on the size of the kitchen. It works better in the dining room in this house. We use chairs at the end of the table to seat eight occasionally.

The buffet/hutch is solid cherry. This is a also a Moser design. I think he nails the proportions. It holds plenty without consuming too much wall space.

This is “Chip.” He’s currently stabled in the dining room until my oldest son starts producing grandchildren!

Build List

The list of projects to complete in these two rooms is extensive. I plan to build an end table to go with with the rockers, a hall table for Noah’s ark, a hall table adjacent to the rocking chairs, and two corner cupboards to replace the pine ones in the dining room. I plan to replace my bow back chairs with Eastward chairs, so the fifth and sixth chairs from that set will be stored in the dining room and living room. This list will keep me busy for a long time…

My next blog entry will include the guest room and explore case construction.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 03-25-2013 02:58 AM

Wow very nice

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#2 posted 03-25-2013 03:19 AM

I like the buffet and hutch. Great job on that one especially!
You have been busy.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 10:31 PM

Nice peices of furniture.

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#4 posted 04-13-2013 10:04 AM

I just loved the Chip. It’s all an eyeful kind of furniture you got. The dining table looks too descent. What you have done for furniture shipping?

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