Library Chair

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Project by Todd posted 10-06-2014 09:12 PM 2328 views 41 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a library chair I built for a client. It is based upon the WoodCraft Plan #149778, with some modifications. The wood is of a distinctly varied grain cherry. My client likes the grain variations so I chose not to stain it, rather I just topcoated it with a poly.

This is the first chair I have ever built. The plans called for the curved seat back rails to be cut from a solid block of wood; rather I chose to use bentwood lamination. I also departed from the plan with regard to the steps. In the plan the steps are attached to the legs using #10 brass screws. I chose to include 1/8” dados in the legs to receive the steps, in addition to the screws. I felt more comfortable that the steps were not completely supported by the screws.

Also, I had a copy of the plans made so I could cut out the parts and make patterns for them. This meant I only had to spend time perfecting the patterns, then I used the patterns with a pattern routing bit on my router table to make the curved parts.

Here are some additonal construction pictures:

Laying out the parts:

Simple jig to route the hinge mortises:

Assembly of the halves:

Bent Lamination:
I resawed and planed cherry boards to 1/8” thick to do the lamination.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#1 posted 10-07-2014 12:46 AM

Good idea!
I’m thinking of making stool,chair,steps for kitchen…
this design will meet all requirements.
Thank you for sharing.

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#2 posted 10-07-2014 01:35 AM

Very nice design. ones I made had solid sides, I like yours much better

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 10-07-2014 02:02 PM

Good looking library chair. I have been wanting to build that chair for myself. I like the changes that you made to the plans and commend you on the obviously good jointery and attention to detail. Great job!

-- Have answers, need the right questions.

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#4 posted 10-07-2014 02:27 PM

Thanks for the nice comments! I added a picture for the bent lamination I did.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#5 posted 10-07-2014 02:37 PM

Al , this is so nice and well done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 10-07-2014 03:09 PM

Very nice !! I’ve been thinking of making one of these for my wife. Yours turned out great.

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#7 posted 10-07-2014 04:11 PM

That’s a great build. Nice work on the hinge mortises.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Billy E

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#8 posted 10-07-2014 07:21 PM

really nice

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#10 posted 10-08-2014 05:41 PM

Beautiful work on this chair Todd and pretty handy too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 10-09-2014 01:09 AM

Very Cool Chair!! Thanks for the great pictures.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#12 posted 10-15-2014 01:43 PM

very nice Library stool.

I would suggest to add some kind of latch, otherwise it tends to unfold when one wants to move it :

[I just did the latch ;-)....]

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#13 posted 10-15-2014 01:57 PM

Great job on this build!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 10-16-2014 09:26 PM

Great thought Sylvain. I thought the same thing and I like your latch. I was going to buy a brass latch but I think I’ll make one like yours!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#15 posted 10-19-2014 04:39 AM

Wow. Thats very nice. I need to make me one of those.

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