Thanks maricamp for the nudge to do an update on my progress with the chair. It’s definitely coming along. I’d say I’m about 90% done actually, and it has been a lot of fun watching this take shape. I’ve made some mistakes along the way, thankfully none of those mistakes have been unrecoverable. If/when I make another one of these, I’ll be able to do it MUCH faster.
I took lots of care sanding the most visible surfaces like the back of the chair, the top of the seat, the legs, and especially the arms. My sander tends to leave squiggly marks if I’m lazy and do a rush-job. On the ends of the arms are holes cut, then I routed the edges so a wine glass is held nice and snug. People seem to like that feature.
Oh…that reminds me – I should really give all design credit to Chad Gordon of By Gordon Living. I promise this is not an attempt to sell anything…in fact I’ve never even met the guy, but he does this stuff (wine barrel furniture) for a living and I pretty much copied everything I could see from his chairs online. Anyways, it’s his creative vision, not mine.
So the whole thing is assembled and stained. I just finished cutting the plugs and sanding them flush this morning which means I have some touch-up staining to do. Then I’m going to screw on some pieces of the metal hoops from the wine barrels on the front legs, and go to town with the poly. I can’t wait for my first glass of wine sitting in this chair.
Again, if any of you pro’s lurking around have suggestions on what I could be doing differently, I’m all ears.