western red cedar patio chair

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Project by sanfranciscocedarco posted 09-25-2014 03:19 PM 1961 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair is made from clear VTG western red cedar. I used all darker pieces and arranged them to showcase the natural beauty of this wood. The entire chair was constructed using the Festool domino system with no mechanical fasteners employed. When the chair was complete and sanded to 220, 4 coats of General Finishes exterior 450 semi-gloss were applied via hvlp.

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#1 posted 09-25-2014 04:12 PM

wow, just when you think you have seen everything cedar offers. Great job color matching. That is really nice.

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#2 posted 09-25-2014 04:33 PM

Thanks!.. At first the thought of putting each individual tenon into a matching mortise for each slat (4 mortises for each piece that’s 120 mortises just for the seat and backrest, that all have to be pretty much perfect and all of them are on a curve!) was a bit overwhelming but honestly after a little layout it wasn’t all that tough. I wanted to see how far I could push the domino and it passed with flying colors.

-- J.D. Goldberg, California,

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#3 posted 09-25-2014 04:38 PM

I love the design! Very clean and visually appealing!

Did you use any other support under the seat slats? Other than the right and left side vertical structures? I’d be interested to see pictures of the back and underside. You are spot on with this one!

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#4 posted 09-25-2014 05:09 PM

I Thought about running another horizontal support under the seat in the middle but when I dry fit it it was more than stout enough. The slats were planed down to 1” from 5/4 rough stock so they are pretty strong but they do flex just a little and everyone that has sat in it says that its very comfortable I didn’t want to take that out of the chair and make it too rigid. I added a few more pics of the process.

-- J.D. Goldberg, California,

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#5 posted 09-25-2014 05:16 PM

Very nice chair. I really like your design!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-25-2014 05:17 PM

Thanks Jim!!

-- J.D. Goldberg, California,

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#7 posted 09-25-2014 05:29 PM

Well designed, I like the subtle lumbar curve in the lower back. It looks stylish and comfortable.

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#8 posted 09-25-2014 05:56 PM

Very kewl, I did a bench in a similar way, I dig it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 09-25-2014 11:01 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship.

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#10 posted 09-25-2014 11:15 PM

Thanks guys!!

-- J.D. Goldberg, California,

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#11 posted 09-26-2014 12:49 AM

Very nice. The wood, color and craftsmanship is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#12 posted 09-26-2014 02:29 AM

That is really cool. Love the cedar. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 09-29-2014 08:57 PM

I like the color, wood, design and craftsmanship! Really stands proud.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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