Roorkhee Chair - First project

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Project by sepeck posted 06-03-2014 02:19 AM 1620 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hadn’t been out in my shop in years. In fact finding my shop buried under stuff was a challenge but I was sort of going through wood sites and such and came across Chris Schwartz blog post on the Roorkhee Chair and suffered a case of the “I WANTS!”

So just about the time the magazine came out at the end of 2012, I excavated enough to get to my lathe and table saw and found a piece of walnut sitting ignored for ahem years. I bought the dowels (two have broken so I am going to turn some replacements) and the tenon cutters as the article recommended. I had read in one of his blog posts about him not feeling the need for the bottom let strap in the front and back so left that off. I need to go back and add that.

For the seat leather, I just used the natural hide that I oiled. I need to redo the arm straps and such but overall it works fairly well and for not having made anything in the shop for years I am pretty happy with it.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 04:30 AM

very nice!
these are on my to do list.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#2 posted 06-03-2014 04:56 AM

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 06:23 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed. Thanks For Sharing.


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 04:33 PM

In case you are having trouble with the durability of the dowels, I recommend you take a note from Windsor chairmaking and “rive” the raw materials – that is, split them from the raw wood so that they have continuous grain from one end to another. It will be easier to get this out of a stick of Tree rather than from a sawn board.

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 04:54 PM

I second “tsangell’s comment. Well done, good work indeed. maybe this piece will get you back into the shop more frequently, there are many companion piece to the Campaign chair that desparately need making…....... Keep us posted

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 06:35 PM

This is a very nice chair. I do so admire it .Very well done. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 06-03-2014 07:55 PM

Well, the dowels I currently have were purchased blind over the Internets and had some grain direction challenges. I have a nice piece of fairly straight grained walnut now that I just need to get the time to get to that should solve it. Riving is something I hope to play with in the future but I need to explore wood availability options around where I live now.

I have a few more projects to post to catch up from when I started back up last year. Kind of hope posting here will keep me going and get some feedback at times (like the riving comment) for future ideas.

Thanks for the comments.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 10:17 PM

Looks awesome. Can’t wait to knock this one out myself.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#9 posted 06-09-2014 10:14 PM

In Denmark we call these safari chairs I believe.
What a luck you found the shop under all the layers. ;-)
Really fine build.
Natural hide is always a winner, just gets better in time.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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