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Project by dennis mitchell posted 10-17-2006 11:23 PM 3622 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I handcarved dovetails for this desk chair. The reclaimed pine comes from my family farm. We had an old bull pen I used to build the chair.(and the door in the back ground) I originally built the chair for a furniture store that had log desks but no chairs. So I used a simple design to match the existing furniture. The store went out of bussiness so I guess now i need to build a desk and FIND a buyer! The swivel I bought from vandykes and later found for half the price through rockler. Always striving to be a better woodworker than i am a bussiness man!

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#1 posted 04-10-2007 12:45 PM

awesome chair, Dennis. LOVE the design created by the dovetails in the back. And I love the rustic lok, AND I love the door… And…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-10-2007 03:04 PM

Thanks Debbie. The chair and door both are made out of an old corral. That we use to keep the bull in.

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#3 posted 04-10-2007 03:21 PM

doesn’t the history really make a piece even more special?
“Wow that’s a great chair”
“Yah, the wood used to be used to keep the bull in”... It’s just amazing! This just paints such a picture in my mind – far beyond “just a chair”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 04-10-2007 03:43 PM

That’s a bunch of Bull to me.

Great looking chair Dennis. When you said swivel. Is it a lazy susan type or a screw that raises and lowers the chair seet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 04-10-2007 03:56 PM

Great Chair! Very good design. Are those threw dovetails or are they laped in?

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#6 posted 04-10-2007 05:12 PM

This shuffle is sure bringing back some neat things. I remember looking at it when you submitted it.
This time I think I spent more time, looking it over. Very unique!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 04-10-2007 05:21 PM

More classic Dennis. Wonderful.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 04-10-2007 06:08 PM

I was wondering the same thing Greg.

Nice work Dennis. You said you used an existing chair as a model? Did you bend the back brace boards, or just cut the wood on a curve?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 04-10-2007 06:41 PM

Half Dovetails. The swivel unit rocks back and forth and does that lazy susan thing. Then the whole chair is on casters so it rolls arouind.

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#10 posted 05-11-2007 07:19 AM

Dennis this chair of your is great. Nice work. Love that grain of the reclaimed lumber.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 06-29-2007 06:09 AM

Dennis -

I guess I am catching up on things via Shuffle and the new LJ front page. I never saw this chair so I am making a point of commenting now. What a wondeful piece of craftsmanship. I really like the dovetails. I would imagine them to be a big selling feature.


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#12 posted 06-29-2007 06:16 AM

ditto on DAvids comment…cool chair!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 06-30-2007 05:33 AM

Me, too! I missed this first time around, Dennis.

Cutting through the bull, how did you make the back rests? They look curved which I imagine makes the dovetails more difficult to cut. Any further comments on this aspect of the project, Mate?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#14 posted 06-30-2007 05:40 AM

Ha! What a great chair man! Pulse is one of the best features! Cool!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 06-30-2007 05:59 AM

Thanks Everybody.
Don, I cut the back rest out on my shakyandwobbly bandsaw. Then sanded everything to flush up the tails and give them a slight curve.

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