|Project by David White||posted 05-30-2014 05:14 AM||1784 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
This is my first chair project and I am quite pleased with it. It is the prototype for a set of 6 that I plan to make in the next 6 months or so (followed by the matching table).
It is made from American White Oak and is based on the Stickley 353 side chair, but with some key differences – it is a little narrower at the back and slightly taller than the 353. The back splat has a rounder curve has two narrow pieces and one wider one in the center rather than having all three the same. It also has less pronounced curves on the aprons than does the original.
The finish is 2 coats of Briwax spirit based light oak wood dye (love that stuff!), 3 coats of wipe on poly that I tinted with the dye (4 coats next time) and 2 coats of clear wax.
The final pic is the Sketchup model I made before embarking on the project – I have to say I could not have made the chair without having the model – it is SO helpful in getting you to understand how the joinery hangs together.
This chair was really good fun to make. I wanted a project that would challenge my skills and this one did just that, but it also turned out much less difficult than I thought it would – whew! Having said that, I learned A LOT doing this project – about wood, about joinery, about finishing, about my tools and about of course about chair making. Perhaps most of all I learned what mindset it takes to start a challenging project and end up with a piece that I am proud of.
My plan now is to make a set of 6. The new ones will be a little taller in the back than this one with a longer back splat and will be very slightly narrower across the back. It will also have a degree more lean to the back. I aim to improve the grain matching too.
If you have any suggestions as to how else I might improve on this design, I would be very happy to hear your ideas.
I’ll probably blog my progress here on LJ’s and you can find a few other musings about woodworking on my Word Press blog – www.thecraftsmanstudio.com
PS – Who knew it was so hard to photograph a chair and not have look like it was made for a midget?