Tufted-Walnut Martha Washington Chair

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Project by RedBeard posted 1882 days ago 2195 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chair that I built a few years ago in a Chair Design class at the University of Cincinnati School of Design. It consists of two massive Walnut glue-ups connected by a heavy-duty finger joint. I created a 3D file for the tufting effect, and had the blocks cut on the schools new CNC Router. The buttons were made by hand and applied y hand. The base and arm supports are poplar wrapped in hand dyed leather to complete the material reversal. All in all there are 16 mortise and tenon joints, and the piece weighs a hundred pounds or more. Despite how it appears, its actually quite comfy.

-- Measure once, cut twice

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#1 posted 1882 days ago

Very nice! At first glance it looks like leather. Pretty cool. Looks heavy

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#2 posted 1882 days ago

It does look like leather doesn’t it?

Great looking job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 1882 days ago

Very cool chair.

-- Kirk, SE Louisiana

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#4 posted 1882 days ago

Kewl,,,Awesome job!

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

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#5 posted 1882 days ago

wow… impressive…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 1882 days ago

Very good effect. I was fooled until I read your post and went back and looked. I’m guessing you were primarily going for something different, but I’m also guessing you were happy it turned out to be comfortable anyway. Really cool.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#7 posted 1882 days ago

Hey Red
This is a very cool idea very well done most excellent workmanship

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1881 days ago

Very well done.

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#9 posted 1881 days ago

If I only had a CNC. You have gone over the top with this design. I love walnut anyway, but this is just too much. An awesome work of functional art.

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

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#10 posted 1881 days ago

You do some very nice work. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 1881 days ago

What a neat challenge. Nicely done.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 1880 days ago

I thought this looked familiar when i was going through some of the recent projects, I remember seeing this when it came off the KOMO. I liked it then and still do, very nice project.

-- C...

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