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Blog entry by Maddhatter posted 02-28-2010 06:47 PM 7193 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been out of the shop for a while, seems like forever with crazy work schedules and the other stuff that seems to take time away. I decided that it was time to clear out the cob webs and fire some tools up. For a while, I have been looking at spectator chairs for my basement pool room and I figured that would be a good project to get back into the shop.

Chair 1

I started with Popular to build a prototype, the final chairs will be quarter sawn white oak and I plan on trying my luck with fuming to get that aged look. I am just about done with the tooling, just need to finish fitting the chair arms to the back supports. I will be in setting the back of the arm into the upright and allowing the cut out to sit on the front post. once complete I will add some cloud lift corbels under the arm for added support.

Chair 2

once all that is done, I will start on the sanding, finish and top coat.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#1 posted 02-28-2010 06:51 PM

Nice arts and craft chair. Should be excellent in QS oak.


-- Don's Woodworking

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 02-28-2010 07:56 PM

Can’t wait to see it in Oak. Really looks great.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 02-28-2010 10:20 PM

Very nice for a prototype… look forward to the QSW.. should be fantastic..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 03-01-2010 02:10 AM

These are going to turn out great. A prototype of a big project is an excellent idea. How many are you going to build?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 03-01-2010 03:46 AM

Sras, I will be building four chairs, besides this practice chair. I ordered the plans from the internet and I wanted to verify the accuracy of the plans and templates. That’s why I chose the popular for the first one. There was a couple of areas that required rework on the templates, so all in all it worked out well. I will finish this chair and just have an extra one just in case.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 05:04 AM

can you share the site, you are ordering the plans from?

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 05:48 AM

Looks like a great start.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-30-2012 10:50 PM

Udie, I will get you the site when I get back from Holiday Vacation. Norm.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 11:07 PM

Can you send me the site with the plans to this beautiful chair?
Any recent pics of this chair done in QS Oak?


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#10 posted 03-11-2013 01:18 PM

Toscodav and Udie, Sorry for not getting back with the information. I have been out of state for several months and have had little time for wood working. I have attached the cover page to the drawing package I received for the chair. The booklet is 24 pages and covers all nine chairs you see on the cover. The only pictures that I have are the ones posted. The Oak parts are cut out and on the shelf and will not be assembled until I can get back in the shop again.


-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#11 posted 03-11-2013 01:22 PM

Very nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 03-13-2013 04:21 AM

Thanks. Great job on the prototype.

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