|Project by gashley||posted 10-26-2015 09:28 PM||1247 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
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