A new dining room set for my wife! #29: Chairs are complete after 40 days and 40 nights.

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-28-2011 10:57 PM 3839 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 28: Upholstering the seat. Finally! Part 29 of A new dining room set for my wife! series Part 30: The table begins with a quandry. »

Well, at long last I am finally done with the chairs, but I still have the table to go.

This last my last blog on the chairs. I will continue with the table though until all is complete.

Here I start just like the seat. The foam stapled to the form.

Then the batting

Then some simple fitting, since I don’t have to worry so much about the corners. They will be concealed in the rabbet.

Front side all done.

Then the back. Since there was no foam or batting I just used some 77 spray adhesive. It made it a real quick and simple job. The edges won’t ever peel up since they are held in by the rabbet. It will also make sure that it will conform to the seat back.

And here you go! You are not going to believe how I attached the backs. After some experimentation I found that a brad nailer diagonally through the back and into the seat rails would leave no marks or ruin the fabric. The brad just popped right through the fabric and disappeared.

There are a couple of firsts here for me in this project. These are the first chairs I have ever built and the first time trying to upholster anything.

Now on to my first dining table!

Oh, and did I mention that they are so comfortable that people won’t be so quick to leave the table after a meal!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-28-2011 11:05 PM

Well done Gary… great looking chair…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 11:05 PM

Cool Gary, it looks great, keep going and the best to you and the lucky wife.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 05-28-2011 11:11 PM

Congratulations Gary, you are certainly a Chair maker now!!
And an Upholsterer…
And soon-to-be Dining Room Table-maker…
In fact, I strongly suspect that you could make anything you had a mind to!!
Well told and Very Well Done my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 05-28-2011 11:18 PM

Congratulations on a job well done Gary, it has been a real interesting series. Now get going on that table!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 05-28-2011 11:31 PM

Gary A great completion. Nice job on the chairs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 11:41 PM

They look excellent Gary – Great job and great running commentary. Thanks for sharing the chair build. I’m looking forward to the table as well.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 05-28-2011 11:45 PM


After doing more chairs, you DID get better… much better than the first one…!

Very good!

Thank you again…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 05-28-2011 11:48 PM

beautiful gary

and a great tutorial

thank you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Gary Fixler

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#9 posted 05-29-2011 12:16 AM

I just left a comment on step #28 saying I couldn’t wait for #29, and then I realized #29 was already up as I was writing that. Instant gratification!

The chairs came out beautifully. I look forward to seeing the table progress, but I’d also love to see all of the chairs in one shot, like a herd :) I’m sure we’ll see the whole set together when the table is done. Fantastic work! Thanks for sharing all the stages and procedures with us.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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alan coon

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#10 posted 05-29-2011 01:06 AM

Gary. Another job very well done, wating for excellent work on the table also. You inspire all. Thanks!!

-- Al, South E. Az., But it's a dry heat.

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#11 posted 05-29-2011 06:32 PM

Wow more than than well done! Amazing work so far!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 05-30-2011 01:08 AM

Very nice Gary. I look forward to the table.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#13 posted 05-30-2011 02:39 AM

Excellent work Gary. You should be very proud of your accomplishment.
Look forward to the table blogs.
Have a great Memorial Day!

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#14 posted 05-30-2011 03:41 AM

wow that is a saweeeeeeeeet lookin chair, very nice job. My wife has been following a liitle too so if you got the time can squeeze out another set. LOL

She wants me to do a livingroom set for us but she doesn’t want to spend the $$$ on the wood.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 05-30-2011 07:44 AM

Wow.. fantastic job. I’ve been watching this series with great admiration. Thanks for including so many pictures. Can’t believe you got them done so quickly!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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