Rustic dining chair

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Project by Junji posted 03-02-2010 03:44 AM 2864 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spent more than a week, finally it’s done.
I made a stool last time, and this one goes with the stool at the dining table.

Again there were a lot to learn from this project.

The last time, I used pine for the legs, and it was really easy to process them, but this time, I decided to use only hard wood, and that made me take a lot of time, especially tenons.

The seat,the legs are Japanese zelkova, the spindles are ash and oak, the back rail is some unknown wood I got a while ago from a friend. It was a log which was cut down few years ago. Ah, it’s not an easy job to make lumber if you don’t have those power tools… I only have a circular saw and a handy planer. Haha! Someday, I will have a bigger shop and more tools!!!

The biggest regret for this project is the size of the seat. If it were a bit bigger, not only the balance of the image, also the feeling when you sit would be much nicer… But this was only piece I had then, and it’s already done!! Well, the next time, I will do it better!

Anyway, it’s always good when all done and use it as a new furniture in the house, staring, rubbing with beer.

Thanks for looking.






-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 03:56 AM

WOW , junji !
your work is so inspirational .
and you style so simple and beautiful .

way to go !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 04:43 AM

Great design junji I’m always impressed with your work.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 03-02-2010 05:43 AM

Simply awesome chair. Amazing.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 05:51 AM

you inspire me to make an eclectic chair set. I agree that design balance often gives me the biggest headache. very good job.

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 05:52 AM

Perfect companion to the stool…and beautiful. You apparently do not need any other tools to make beautiful furniture!

It says here that the Japanese Zelkova is zelkova serrate and belongs to the elm family. It’s very nice!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 06:13 AM

Nice, good work.

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#7 posted 03-02-2010 07:32 AM

Neat design, pleasing to the eye and functional. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 03-02-2010 08:01 AM

Thank you everybody.
I am really glad some people here liked it.

Now I have to worry about other thing in my life… Need to file a final income tax. Oh I hate this! But can’t go to the shop without finishing it…

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#9 posted 03-02-2010 09:09 AM

Junji a very special chair next to the stool. Is the back strong enough to withstand the pressure of a person sitting on it?


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 03-02-2010 12:10 PM

I have made many “rustic” pieces & they sure are fun…yours is top notch…excellent

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#11 posted 03-02-2010 03:25 PM

I like the Nakashima-Inspired seat/backrest.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#12 posted 03-02-2010 06:30 PM

very creative junji

-- -erik & christy-

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#13 posted 03-02-2010 08:14 PM

I like it. A little bit of Nakashima.

-- HenryH - PA

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#14 posted 03-02-2010 10:04 PM

All your pieces fit nicely into your beautiful home Junji, this one too. Personally I like the proportions and the whole look. It must be wonderful to walk around your house and see all your nice projects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 03-02-2010 10:13 PM

Beautiful chair.

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