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Project by Marco Cecala posted 1925 days ago 3570 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished a set of 6 chairs. They are from a Fine Woodworking article, I also ordered the plans with full size templates to make construction easier. The design is similar to the original Stickley piece, but the back has more detail.

I built the chairs from QS White Oak. After planing, stock was run through the drum sander. After that, a few swipes with a low angle jack plane, then a smoother gave me a surface ready for finish. Curved pieces were cleaned up with a spoke shave to remove band saw marks, then finished with a card scraper. Joints are all mortise and tenon with ebony plugs at the crest rails.

The slats for the back, as well at the rails were stained and sealed with shellac before assembly. I used Rockler’s Arts & Crafts Cherry stain, then sealed it with 3 coats of 2# cut garnet shellac. I applied one coat before assembly, the sprayed 2 coats. After wet sanding with 400 grit, I applied 2 coats of Minwax wipe on poly. Some dining guests may spill wine, and shellac does poorly with alcohol. I then wet sanded with 400 grit, then to red Scotch Brite. The chairs were finished with Renaissance Paste wak applied with 4/0 steel wool.

Construction of the chairs were helped greatly by the use of an STS slot mortiser, review here http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/604 Now it’s on to the table!





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michaelray

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#1 posted 1925 days ago

I love art and crafts furniture. You’ve done justice to the style and I applaud your patience with the amount of finishing you did. Fantastic job!

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CaptainSkully

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#2 posted 1925 days ago

Magnificent! I can’t wait to build my set after I build Schroeder's table. I finally convinced my girlfriend that our old table is too small. I’m definitely going to look into this plan. Thanks for the great info and detailed photos. What table are you going to build?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Max

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#3 posted 1925 days ago

Great looking chair. I like the dove tails on the stretchers a very nice touch.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Tim Pursell

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#4 posted 1925 days ago

Great job on a classic set of chairs!

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#5 posted 1925 days ago

I borrowed a copy of these plans from my neighbor, glad to see someone built them. These are next on the house project list. Looks awesome.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 1925 days ago

Very nice job. How long did it take you to do six? Wonderful finish.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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jimi

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#7 posted 1925 days ago

Awesome work!

-- Jim, SE PA

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Marco Cecala

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#8 posted 1925 days ago

Thanks for the kind words.

Skully; I will build a butterfly leaf table. Veneer top with inlay on the top and apron. Paul Schurch covered construction and design of on in Fine Woodworking. Online only article.

Mike; I have 200 hours in them. I can reduce that to 150 on the next set. Savings will come from being able to see 3 steps ahead, and gang up on some operations to save resetting machines and jigs.

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Les Hastings

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#9 posted 1925 days ago

Awesome chair Marco!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Todd Thomas

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#10 posted 1925 days ago

great looking chair…very well done

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pashley

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#11 posted 1924 days ago

Nice job. Looks familiar!

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Woodbear

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#12 posted 1629 days ago

Great job Marco. I do love the “Arts & Crafts” style. I like the combination of stickley and Greene and Greene. Very nice finish job also. that is the one place I believe I need more patience.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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Marco Cecala

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#13 posted 1628 days ago

Thanks Woodbear. I think we all have the tendency to feel like the project is finished after the sawdust is done flying.

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 1628 days ago

This is a fine looking chair Marco it’s the details that make the difference.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Marco Cecala

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#15 posted 1628 days ago

Thanks Jim. It seems to get daunting when doing details, then making 6 of them. I’m sure the next batch will go easier.

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