Cherry Dining Room Chairs

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Project by gashley posted 10-26-2015 09:28 PM 1145 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the chairs that go with my son’s new Maloof pedestal table I made him in the spring (posted on another project). He went for a high back more formal look than I would have done, but they came out nice and go well with the table.

Chairs are solid cherry, with some nice, lightly figured cherry for the main back splat. Seat tapers to the back at an 8 degree angle which always makes for a very fun joinery exercise. Joinery was mortise and tenon with straight tenon on one end and 8 degree tenon on the other (and of course matching straight and 8% mortises).

To give the back splat a little more visual interest I inlaid 2 wedge shaped cuts of abalone shell with some really nice color to them. These were the super thin “sheets” of abalone that you often see in luthiery and were a royal pain to work with. Very brittle and easy to break. I ended up cutting them with a very sharp marking knife just using some MDF as a guide. For the 8 pieces I needed to cut, I probably cut twice that many because of chips and breaks.

The top of the rear leg has a nice faceted look to it with the tapering up the rear edges and the faceted top – pic 3 has a close up of that.

Finished with Maloof Poly-Oil and Poly-wax. About 5 or 6 coats in all.

Thanks for looking.

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 10-26-2015 09:32 PM

Very nice. All the little details don’t go un-noticed.
Heirloom quality.

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#2 posted 10-26-2015 11:55 PM

Great looking set of dining chairs! Very clean, elegant look to them!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 10-27-2015 12:24 AM

great job, beautiful chairs.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 12:51 AM

beautiful chairs. the inlay is a very nice feature.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 02:14 AM

Gary, these are great. Well balanced, nice features and they look comfy!!

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 03:11 AM

Projects like this should always be No. 1. A common item But the time and craftsmanship that go into the level of these projects deserves a prize. I never did make the set of my dreams because of the work to make the chairs.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 10-27-2015 04:12 AM

Nice work. This is a project you will appreciate for a long time.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 10-27-2015 12:09 PM

Sweet Looking Chairs, clean and crisp design!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 10-27-2015 12:55 PM

Great job, Gary. I know you’ve put a lot of work into those chairs.

-- Nathan

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#10 posted 10-27-2015 01:03 PM

This is a great project and a wonderful gift. You’ve done a nice job on these chairs.

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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#11 posted 10-27-2015 05:58 PM

Wonderful chairs!

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

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#12 posted 10-27-2015 09:38 PM

Gary, very nice build on the chairs (and table). Years from now, as he is giving them to his son, he will explain all about the build of the table and chairs to his son. I hope you signed and dated this piece.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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