|Project by Rob||posted 08-31-2007 08:47 AM||1264 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
If anyone’s looked at my homepage you will have seen this. Its actually two projects. One was the table.
I received in the last week of November couple years back that dreaded phrase, “my family’s coming for Christmas dinner. We had a plastic outdoor setting for four as dining central and there were 14 people coming to eat!!! Never mind, a few boards of Tassie Blackwood, some dowels and belt sander and voila. A 1.8×1.8m square dining table. We looked spectacular on plastic chairs of various ilk sitting around this.
The second project was originally going to be 10 Red Gum dining chairs to match the table. Took weeks to find one batch of RG. By this stage, I had a few planes and a Leigh FMT. (A beautifully engineered device.) Also bought a Domino half way through them. Three weeks later I had 8 chairs made and upholstered in New Zealand wool. I still have the entire frames for three more chairs sitting in the shop. We didn’t need them. The table design is mine, the chairs came from a Popular Mechanics book of table and chair patterns, with some minor modifications. Since I’ve only been making furniture for three years, it was a major project to begin with. (I only had 1 1/2 years experience at that point.) The chairs are 20” wide at the front and give great support and comfort when dinner table discussion mellows to solving the problems of the world.