The Oklahoma Walnut Dining Chairs

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Project by lobro4 posted 04-16-2015 02:29 AM 1172 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Oklahoma Walnut Dining Chairs

Made to go with the Draw Leaf table in my previous post
As with the table, all parts sanded to 150. Dyed with General finishes medium brown and top coat with Arm R Seal gloss.
The back slats are steam bent which was a new experience for me. The back legs are cut from a pattern. Although it would have been a lot more work, I am left wondering what they would be like if made of bent lamination. I wish I had paid a little more attention to the plans as they made the seat frame height at only 16” and I feel it should be at least 18”. Oh well, I will remember that if there is a next time. And while the plans use a shortcut to create angled tenons for the side rails of the seat frame, it leads to a tough glue up and next time I’ll likely just leave the seat frames square.
Thanks for looking!!
Woodsmith Magazine Vol. 36/No. 216 pp 31-42.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 04-16-2015 01:16 PM

Very nice work. Let us know how they work out.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#2 posted 04-16-2015 02:31 PM

Nice chairs!!!

Seat height issue suggestion: could you make your seat insert a little ‘thick’ to make it nearly 18”?

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#3 posted 04-16-2015 04:22 PM

Really nice work. Love the style.

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#4 posted 04-16-2015 09:07 PM

I am indeed putting a bit thicker cushion to get the seat height to 18”.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#5 posted 04-17-2015 02:01 AM

This Okie thinks you make Oklahoma walnut look plum purty, even in Jayhawk country. Great work sir!

-- Bob in Okieland

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#6 posted 04-17-2015 10:34 AM

Seat height is a matter of preference. what ever feels good in my opinion. My windsor chairs are good at 17.5”. Just enough support at the back of the thigh and the front edge of the seat is not pinching the back of the knee. If the seat makes either joint feel uncomfortable there is an issue with height or angles, etc. Great work on the chairs and table. I recently finished a dining room set myself. Its a real sense of accomplishment once its finished. Making a load of chairs gets quite monotonous!

-- DJG

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#7 posted 04-17-2015 06:53 PM

Nice work. A beautiful set.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#8 posted 06-17-2015 03:31 PM

Wow! What beautiful work you do! Love it!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 06-17-2015 04:17 PM

The chairs are very nice and go perfectly with the table which is also nice.

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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