Miniature walnut chair

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Project by Stevinmarin posted 05-27-2010 08:32 PM 3187 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got my camera back and took some pictures of the chair that so many of you helped me out with.

I learned a lot in this exercise. Namely, that I hope to never have to cut tiny triangles with weird angles and bevels ever again! But I’m pretty happy with the way it finally turned out.

It would be neat to see this as an actual chair, but it would need some serious reinforcing. At this size, figuring out a way to clamp it was a big problem, solved by super glue. It allowed me to put a few drops on each bevel and hold it together with my hands for 30 seconds. First time I have ever used it on wood. It makes me nervous though: I am certain it would bust apart if I dropped it.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 05-27-2010 08:35 PM

most miniature furniture couldn’t handle being dropped, it’s par for the course.

This is lovely :) Such an interesting design, and it looks proportionate even with the grain. great!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 05-27-2010 08:59 PM

That is a very cool chair Steve, something Hank Holzer would make. Terrific job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 05-27-2010 09:12 PM

That’s just cool.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 05-27-2010 09:22 PM

Hey Steve man this is cool it looks even beter than your vidio about it looks like a winner to me.
But really you nead to get a life LOL LOL LOL

-- wood crafting & classes

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#5 posted 05-27-2010 09:32 PM

Haha! Thanks Jim, I’m re-evaluating my life after this and going in a completely different direction this weekend: Band saw boxes! No angles from hell and nothing precise.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#6 posted 05-27-2010 10:06 PM

Steve you did a great job on this one.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#7 posted 05-27-2010 10:13 PM

Nice job Steve – would love to watch a series of you building the thing life-size!

On a sidenote, was reading your blog and saw you’re in Novato. I grew up in Novato – folks still live there, actually.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#8 posted 05-27-2010 10:26 PM

Beautiful job, Steve. That back view is particularly striking.
Nice to see it in still life.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 05-27-2010 10:34 PM

I would like to order twelve of them!!!!! l.o.l Just kidding don’t slip into a angle coma on me …..... Very nice I’m glad it was you that built it….............Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#10 posted 05-27-2010 10:34 PM

Real Cool, man.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 05-27-2010 10:46 PM

Looks great! As always, I also enjoyed the video.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 05-27-2010 10:55 PM

Cool…........Very nice balance of the grain pattern!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 05-28-2010 12:00 AM

Good job! It looks really nice. I love making models. I use super glue when I’m making models, I also use accelerator which helps out a lot with holding time. The accelerator cuts it down to about a 2 second hold.

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#14 posted 05-28-2010 12:05 AM

Very cool, great job

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#15 posted 05-28-2010 01:07 AM

Steve, if you’ve got the lumber consider this a standing invitation to come up to Petaluma and we’ll see if Domino joints would make one of these strong enough in full-size to use. Looking at the angles on it, I actually think it’d be pretty stable as long as all 3 legs were on the ground. Even rocking back on it looks like most of the force would be reasonable, it’s just rocking forward on that front leg that’d muck it up.

Looks good! And now I’m trying to avoid the temptation to try building the full-sized one just to see if it’d hold up…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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