Dining Room Chairs

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Project by PPK posted 06-28-2016 04:38 AM 4070 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this set of three bar-stool height chairs to go in front of my island.

They are made from hickory, with walnut back slats for accent. The construction is all mortise and tenon, done mostly on the table saw, but some hand cutting. (Mortises were all done with my Jet mortising machine.)

I used hide glue for all the joints, so I can repair them if they ever have issues. I tried really hard to resist the urge to over-build these chairs, and I was successful for the most part, although they are pretty heavy. Part of that is due to the fact that solid hickory is no light wood to begin with.

The chair backs are steam bent, and I am surprised at how well it works. Who says you can’t steam bend kiln dried lumber? Proof right here. You can. I did get me steam box up to 200 deg. F. and that really seemed to work well.

I made the butt impressions (I know, its called SCOOPING the seat) with a my angle grinder and a cheapo carbide wheel thing from Harbor Freight, then some flapper disks, then lots of quality time with the RO sander. All three of the seats turned out pretty symmetrical.

Finish is danish oil wiped on, then 3 coats of Arm R Seal wiped on. Finishing isn’t my strong suit. But, I try. I wanted to do sprayed on lacquer, but it just doesn’t hold up well enough for chairs. I’m pretty decent at getting lacquer to lay nice! but I suppose anybody can lacquer.

Perhaps I’ll do a blog post, I did take pictures of the whole process.

OK, here’s the link to the blog:

-- Pete

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#1 posted 06-28-2016 10:43 AM

They look great and sturdy.


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#2 posted 06-28-2016 01:10 PM

Very nice! Please do blog about your chair build. I think that would be an important resource for those of us wanting to make chairs. I’ve only just started making the router templates for the Rodel dining chair.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 06-28-2016 02:56 PM

Realy good looking chairs. All woodworking elements were made very professionaly. I like the nature colour of this wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 06-28-2016 03:09 PM

how did you make the seat cups???? GREAT JOB on these high quality long lasting chairs …... love the natural wood

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 06-28-2016 06:22 PM

Thanks all. They took FOREVER to build, since I had to learn a lot of new things, and I have a young family. But it was fun and rewarding. I did throw together a quick blog of how I built the chairs. It’s linked above, and I linked it here too.

-- Pete

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#6 posted 06-28-2016 07:59 PM

Nice work. And I think in the long run, you’re going to happy to have that extra heft!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#7 posted 06-29-2016 12:13 AM

Chairs turned out very nice! They should be very durable.

Question: hot hide glue or the bottled from TiteBond?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 06-29-2016 01:15 PM

Just the bottled TiteBond hide glue. It works great. I have never tried the hot hide glue. Maybe next project!

-- Pete

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#9 posted 06-30-2016 12:00 AM

Thank you for the reply.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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