Tony The Rosewood Easy Chair

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Project by zaschaffer posted 10-08-2015 04:33 PM 1771 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Say hello to Tony. This chair was named after my wife’s grandfather. The dude was quite the craftsman (I couldn’t hold a candle to most of his work). He built homes in the Kansas City area and was the first contractor in that area to use a nail gun (fun fact for ya).

Anyways the chair is made from Bolivian Rosewood. It was the first and only time I will work with the lumber because it turns out I’m super allergic to it and it is pretty pricey. Its kinda sad because the wood is really just amazing to look at (and it gave me a serious case of hives haha). The spindles are laminated and I spent a lot more time with a rasp than i normally do on a chair. I finished the chair with 5 coats of Maloof oil.

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#1 posted 10-08-2015 04:55 PM

Beautiful chair, fantastic sculpting, outstanding figure.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 10-08-2015 04:56 PM

oh my, it’s a real beauty

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#3 posted 10-08-2015 05:53 PM


That has a beautiful flow to it. The figure, especially on the flat-sawn parts is really eye-popping.

The upper and lower ends of the spindles are surprisingly delicate. How thick and wide are they where they enter the seat and crest rail?


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#4 posted 10-08-2015 11:57 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! I would have had to put rockers on it :)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 10-09-2015 01:13 AM

Gorgeous Just Gorgeous!!!

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#6 posted 10-09-2015 02:09 AM

absolutely beautiful chair.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 10-09-2015 08:59 AM

It’s amazing to think that removals of a dead piece of wood from a tree can turn such a beautiful piece of furniture with such a lovely back story to it too!

-- Marcio Wilges @

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#8 posted 10-09-2015 10:56 AM

Beautiful piece of art.


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#9 posted 10-09-2015 11:46 AM

Beautiful work. Excellent job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 10-09-2015 01:38 PM

Thanks everyone! Paul- the spindles are 3/8” in the headrest and 1/2” in the seat. And as far as rockers go I thought I’d try something a bit different. It sits like a rocker and doesn’t take up a whole living room so I think I’ll suggest chairs like this to future clients.

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#11 posted 10-09-2015 02:08 PM

This is just stunningly beautiful. Other than the dust, terrible I know, how was the sculpting of the rosewood?

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#12 posted 10-09-2015 02:12 PM

Amazing chair! Grandpa Tony would be proud for sure.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 10-10-2015 03:16 AM

BeAutiful wood and craftsmanship. I love that there is a little backstory associated with it as well.

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#14 posted 11-18-2015 02:38 AM

outstanding, congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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