Chester Dining Chairs in Walnut

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Project by bearkatwood posted 06-24-2016 11:26 PM 1919 views 7 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These dining room chairs were a commission from a client in Georgia (the state not the country, that would have been a huge shipping bill) They are made from walnut with curly maple and curly cherry backslat bent lamination’s. They have upholstered seats and plastic floor glides to protect the flooring. They were made in my “Chester” style with a bit of a change to the backrest. The customer is having a dining table built to accompany them. From what I have seen so far it is going to be wild and go with the chairs. It is being produced by Steve Defenbaugh from Plane & Square Woodworking in Snellville Georgia.

I built seven of the chairs, six for the customer and one for me to use as a gallery example.

I don’t have a photography studio so I improvise with a curtain dropped from my shop ceiling. So you will have to excuse the photos, I will touch them up later in photoshop to remove any tools that poke into the shots. ;)

If you haven’t seen it I made a youtube video about the making of the chairs. They were pretty complex so there will be three parts to it. This is just part one.

View on YouTube

I also made one about the bent lamination backslats.

View on YouTube

Thanks for reading and watching.
Take care.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 06-24-2016 11:28 PM

Super nice great job

-- dale

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#2 posted 06-24-2016 11:36 PM


-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 06-24-2016 11:42 PM

The chairs are pretty awesome! Your shop is a nice one too!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 06-25-2016 12:07 AM

That’s a great looking set of chairs! I’ll bet the client will be thrilled with them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 06-25-2016 01:10 AM

Truely FANTASTIC! wish I had your tallent. You’re a first rate woodworker.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#6 posted 06-25-2016 01:55 AM

So sweet. Love the bent back.

-- James Wright, Rockford IL,

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#7 posted 06-25-2016 02:28 AM

brian still the CHAIRman of the board!you rocked it again buddy,and sneaked in another look at your new shop bench and cabinets.still the master,great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 06-25-2016 02:30 AM

Great work Brian.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#9 posted 06-25-2016 03:03 AM

These chairs just resonate your style. Our world needs more furniture like that.

Thanks for sharing the journey with us brotha.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#10 posted 06-25-2016 05:58 AM

Awesome work, realy skilled and proffessionaly done. Beautiful legs design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 06-25-2016 12:24 PM

Well done Brian. The client should be quite happy. Please post a pic of the table with the chairs if and when you can.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#12 posted 06-25-2016 01:01 PM

Thank you all so much, very kind. ;) I will post finished pics when I get them and it will be in the last video.

-- Brian Noel

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#13 posted 06-25-2016 02:11 PM

sweet. They do look similar to some others I’ve seen.
Very nicely executed.

Not many people here do fine dining chairs. I’m always
delighted when interesting ones show up.

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#14 posted 06-25-2016 05:07 PM

Looks beautiful, sturdy and skillfully done. Thanks for the detailed pictures too.


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#15 posted 06-25-2016 05:39 PM

Beautiful, Great Job!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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