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Project by TimN posted 94 days ago 1041 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Rhorkee chair from Chris’s book, Campaign Furniture. I used mahogany for the legs and stretchers. I did not turn the legs, I used a router for the corners and then a shave and rasp for the rounded and tapered parts. They actually came out pretty uniform if I do say so myself! I now have a lathe and would turn the legs, but I like the design elements that resulted on doing it this way. I originally used a stiffer and lighter leather, per Chris’s first set of instructions prior to the book release. This is a thicker and softer leather. I also used a black wax over the oil finish and it really eliminated the harsh red tone of the mahogany. It darkened it up and gave a richer brown tone with black highlights to the grain. The dowels were purchased online and then tapered using Lee Valley’s big pencil sharpener…lol! At least it looks like one, but works great. One for the dowel, another reamer for the hole. Leather was attached with glue and brass rivets. Not hard at all, just have to have the right tools. The chair is actually very comfortable to sit in and after the new leather and black wax, looks great in my humble opinion.





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#1 posted 94 days ago

That looks awesome! A Roorkhee chair is on the list of things I want to build.

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#2 posted 93 days ago

The right tools make the job go faster. LOL! Now you have to find some really BIG pencils? :<)

Seriously…nice craftsmanship!

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#3 posted 93 days ago

Really nice!

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bake

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#4 posted 93 days ago

Tim,
Great job.
I am looking forward to building some of these.

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#5 posted 91 days ago

I like it a lot very nice!

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#6 posted 89 days ago

I like the dark leather contrast. My first ones were Walnut but my next two are going to be out of Oak because that is what I have.

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