Mantown Lounge Chair

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Project by Bob_B posted 10-26-2007 08:29 PM 1847 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a chair project I recently completed. It’s my rendition of a chair I saw in Fine Woodworking Magazine a few years ago. Built completely from 12/4 cherry, assembled using loose tenon joinery.

Basically, I roughed out the pieces on the bandsaw, assembled it and shaped the curves with a angle grinder with a flap sander attachment. Rasps, files and lots of sandpaper followed. The finish is danish oil and wax.

Believe it or not the hardest thing was the upholstery. I have no experience in this department and got my wife to help out. She did a great job putting her sewing (quilting) skills to work. The only thing I regret is not making an ottoman while I was at it. I have the material, but just don’t see myself getting to that project.

This has made a great addition to our finished basement.

Thanks for looking!

-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island

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#1 posted 10-26-2007 09:00 PM

Great job. When I was looking at the photos I wondered if you had someone do the upholstery. Then I read the text and got my question answered.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 10-27-2007 03:22 AM

Way nice.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 10-27-2007 05:21 AM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 10-27-2007 01:48 PM

I really like the curves. An ottoman could only compliment this piece.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 10-27-2007 04:17 PM

this is really nice!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 10-27-2007 07:01 PM

I love this, as does the Missus. Great job.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 10-27-2007 10:29 PM

Thanks guys for all the great feedback. It was really fun to build and definitely challenging.

-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island

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scott shangraw

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#8 posted 10-28-2007 05:14 AM

good looking chair

-- Scott NM,

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#9 posted 10-28-2007 12:11 PM

That is one sturdy, comfortable look chair. I really like the curves, upholstery, heck – I like it all.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 10-28-2007 12:24 PM

great job
definitely needs the ottoman!
(I just want to snuggle up into it and put my feet up…. )

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 10-28-2007 05:43 PM

very nice- was this a project article in FWW or just one of those showcase items that someone had submitted…

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#12 posted 10-28-2007 09:28 PM

It was a showcase item, then later the “artist” did a video on how he shaped the curves.

-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island

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#13 posted 10-29-2007 04:16 AM

Great looking chair!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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Kevin Violette

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#14 posted 11-15-2007 04:08 PM

Nice piece! Well done.

-- Kevin -- (

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