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I finally got some decent pictures of this project completed in 2007.

Charleston Easy Chair (One of a pair)

This is a reproduction of the Charleston Easy Chair at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) (1750-1760). It can be seen in The Furniture of Charleston, by Rauschenberg and Bivins, catalog #Cch-35. Information used for building included personal visits to MESDA, templates from the original, photographs in the Charleston book, and measured drawings by Carlyle Lynch.

Primary wood: Mahogany

Secondary woods: Poplar and Yellow Pine

Finish on exposed surfaces: Shellac and Wax

Dimensions: 45”H x 34 ½”W

Upholstery by Martinez Upholstery, Kansas City, Mo. Photography by Jim Mathis Photography, Overland Park, KS.

This is really not a difficult project, as I basically built the two frames in three days, then it took me nearly a year to finish them up and get them upholstered. It really took my wife and I that long to pick the fabric and to be ready to pay for it, too! Let me know what you think. Thanks, Cal





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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#1 posted 1596 days ago

Very Very nice

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 1596 days ago

Very nice work, I am looking at trying my hand at some of those!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Joanne

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#3 posted 1596 days ago

I used to do upholstery for a living and I have been thinking about tackling something like this. Beautiful job! Do you have any pictures of your construction?

-- Joanne, New York, www.creationhollow.com

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#4 posted 1596 days ago

That is a beautiful chair!! Great job!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#5 posted 1596 days ago

Cal,

That is wonderful work. A wing chair project is featured in Franklin Gottshall’s book “Making Antique Furniture Reproductions” and it looks interesting for a future project. Thanks again for getting us interested in period pieces.

Jim
www.chairsbypaulson.com

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1596 days ago

Great looking chair well done.

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chobbs66

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#8 posted 1596 days ago

Thanks all for your comments.

Jim, call me crazy but I am not a big fan of Gottshall’s drawings, although some are definitely better than others. A couple of great upholstered chair plans are in Norm Vandal’s “Queen Anne Furniture”. That would be an excellent reference if someone wanted a starting point in my opinion.

I will try to add a picture of the unfinished frames. Thanks again, Cal.

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hickeymad

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#9 posted 606 days ago

What does it cost for the upholstery on a chair like this? Nice work!

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chobbs66

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#10 posted 606 days ago

It has been a few years, and my wife and I shopped around for a reasonable fabric.

That said, I think we paid around $800 for the upholstery in addition to about $150 of show fabric. I priced this with several local upholsterers to get the best price. And this was for both chairs.

Thanks for commenting. Cal

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Bertha

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#11 posted 606 days ago

Amazing. That’s not a bad price on the upholstry. It’s certainly a wonderful job.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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