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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 09-28-2011 12:41 AM 2199 reads 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Dining chairs are coming along nicely now, with corner braces in place, and a mock up seat cushion.
We found some nice genuine leather today, that is the same color as the mock up.

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



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TPE

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 01:37 AM

The chairs are beautiful! I would love to make a set myself. I am curious how you made the curved parts, bandsaw or steam bend? Thanks again for showing them.

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#2 posted 09-28-2011 01:41 AM

Looking good keep us updated.

-- Life is good.

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 04:10 AM

The chairs are beautiful! I would love to make a set myself. I am curious how you made the curved parts, bandsaw or steam bend? Thanks again for showing them.
Tom

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 06:23 AM

Tom,
The curved parts on the chairs are cut with a bandsaw. I started with thick stock and cut offset tenons. Then I cut the rough curve on the bandsaw. Finally I sanded them smooth with an oscillating belt sander.

Thanks,
-Willie

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

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 07:01 AM

Very cool. Makes me want to build some of my own.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 07:21 AM

I’m intrigued by your downdraft table. I read your description of it in the entry for that project, but could you perhaps detail how you calculated the number of holes you could use, given the CFM of your dust collector?

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pintodeluxe

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 09:05 AM

Felkadelic,
Although I am the calculating type (grandfather was a draftsman), I just drilled a bunch of holes until it worked well. I started with small holes, maybe 3/8”. Later I wanted better suction so I added the 3/4” holes, which also accept bench dogs. The larger holes helped a great deal. In practice, I stack my parts on a piece of plywood and use this to cover any holes not in use. This makes the most of my 650 cfm collector. It is a really nice feature in the shop. Between the downdraft table, and a 1” vacuum hose on my sander (connected to shop vac) the area stays nice and clean.
Cheers

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

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#8 posted 09-28-2011 05:02 PM

Sweet! I thought you said something about winging the plans in a previous post, but I can’t find it. You’ve posted a pic of the SU drawing, but are you intending to post either plans or the SU file? I’ve only made the template for the back of the Rodel chair from the plans, so it’s not too late for me to tweak something. The Rodel chair back feels a bit upright to me, but if I recline it a bit, I waste more wood. Please advise.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 09-28-2011 06:24 PM

Skully,
The scaled plans are available on Google sketchup. Choose download model and type “Willie Sandry Designs” and you will see the table and chair plans. I just ordered the Rodel plans too. It just seems like something I need to build.
As far as the angle of the back legs, I was able to cut mine from 4” wide boards. They do feel very upright, but that’s what I like for a dining table. I frequently see “mission” chairs that have sweeping or reclined back rests, and for me personally it deviates too far from the style I was after.
Best of luck with the Rodel chair!
Let me know if you have any tips for that build.
-Willie

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

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#10 posted 09-29-2011 03:17 AM

The chairs look fantastic.

I am curious about the cost of your leather. Did you find something with a reasonable price tag? I am asking as I am also looking for some leather for a chair and ottoman.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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pintodeluxe

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#11 posted 09-29-2011 05:44 PM

Praki,
Good question. I called and visited several stores for leather. I started by calling dualoy.com because Kevin Rodel recommended them from his Fine Woodworking article on chair building. However, at $12-13 per square foott you have to be careful when ordering. Cow hides are typically 50-60 s.f., and sometimes they are sold as sides, which are around 20-25 s.f. For my chairs I likely would have needed two hides.
I decided to use goat leather instead. This is a soft yet durable leather that is commonly used in upholstery applications. Actually Stickley used goat leather on his dining chairs. Hides are typically 7-9 s.f. and will upholster one dining chair. I paid about $25 per seat for leather, not including foam, and batting. I purchased the leather at a motorcycle leather factory for $3 per s.f.

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

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Praki

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#12 posted 10-06-2011 04:40 AM

Thank you for the information. Interesting bit about goat leather. Will look into this further.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#13 posted 11-22-2011 01:27 AM

Beautiful chair.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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