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Project by idahoboy posted 10-02-2014 01:20 AM 1642 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are dining chairs I made for my daughter-in-law for her birthday. They are made from an ash tree we got from my wife’s aunt’s property in northwest Pennsylvania. Along with a cherry tree and a couple of maple trees we had them cut and “hauled” off the property by a gentleman and his two draft horses. Another gentleman brought his band saw and cut the boards and hauled them to the kiln. The kiln owner fit them into a drying schedule and we drove from Idaho to Pennsylvania to bring it all back. All of this was done over the phone and I am still amazed that everything got done and done well. If you ever have a chance to make a deal for wood in northwest Pennsylvania I hope you can connect with these Amish gentlemen.

At first I was afraid of making chairs with all the compound angles but I found this plan in Wood Magazine (May 2011) and I thought I could do it. There are a couple of angled tenons but mostly the good curves come from band saw work. I altered the plans to make two end chairs to match the side chairs by widening them, extending the front leg up to meet the arms and fitting the arms to the back.





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sras

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#1 posted 10-02-2014 01:42 AM

Chairs are a difficult challenge – looks like you did great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 10-02-2014 02:42 AM

Fine job !

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#3 posted 10-02-2014 03:34 AM

Your fear of making chairs was obviously unfounded. You’ve done an great job.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 10-02-2014 03:53 AM

Beautiful chairs! Someone told me that chairs are the most difficult project in carpentry and I agree, but still have plan to do some six pieces for my dinnig room. Yet, don’t know when and how :-)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 10-02-2014 11:21 AM

Good looking chairs a family heirloom that will be cherished for many years. Congratulations on a fine job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 10-02-2014 12:05 PM

A fine set of chairs. Most impressive is how you latered the plans and made some nice end chairs. Think they came out nice.
Would love to hear more about you Amish friends!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 10-02-2014 03:21 PM

nice looking chairs

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#8 posted 10-02-2014 05:19 PM

Some great chairs. Real beauty’s

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 10-02-2014 08:59 PM

Very well done!

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#10 posted 10-03-2014 12:10 AM

Great looking dining chairs—and great story about the lumber!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 10-03-2014 06:18 PM

Thanks for sharing. Nice work!

-- Neal, East Lansing, Michigan

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#12 posted 10-03-2014 11:52 PM

They look great. Chairs are a chore to make.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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