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Project by SOG posted 11-13-2017 06:36 PM 789 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cobbled this chair from a Michael Fortune design. The slats and armrests were made with 1/8” strips re-sawn from 8/4 mahogany stock. The strips glued and forced around a bending form (picture 2/3). The chair is held together with #8 wood screws of various lengths. The bungs were glued in place with Titebond III. I finished the chair with Semco Teak Sealer, an oil-based product that we used on our boat’s brightwork. Semco held up very well under the tropical sun, and best of all, did not require sanding prior to a semiannual reapplication.

The only glitch: After sanding, the seam between the wood and the bungs was nearly invisible. But the sealer left a noticeable ring around the bung. Can anyone offer a remedy for the next chair?





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gsimon

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#1 posted 11-13-2017 11:26 PM

awesome chair

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 11-13-2017 11:29 PM

thats a gorgeous chair,i love the curvature,a nice design and looks to be comfortable.great job.

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

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#3 posted 11-14-2017 12:06 AM

Great job, the plugs don’t bother Me!

-- TomB

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htl

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#4 posted 11-14-2017 05:19 AM

That is one comfortable looking chair!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Jim1368

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#5 posted 11-14-2017 06:05 AM

Very nice! I saw this design somewhere else, too, at least the curved laminated arms. But the seat is also curved on yours—extremely nice. Thanks for sharing.
Jim

-- Jim, Vancouver

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CL810

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#6 posted 11-14-2017 01:19 PM

Great work SOG! Favorited.

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

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eztrigger

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#7 posted 11-14-2017 02:02 PM

that thing looks incredibly comfortable

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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Big Willy

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#8 posted 11-14-2017 03:13 PM

Yeah, gotta jump on the comfy chair bandwagon.. Very nice!

-- Big Willy

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PaxJen

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#9 posted 11-14-2017 04:11 PM

Some plug cutters have a slight taper. Try this and whack it.
Or use a cleat on the back or underside and screw up into your slats.

-- May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung . . .

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PaxJen

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#10 posted 11-14-2017 04:14 PM

beautiful execution and nice choice of design.

-- May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung . . .

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 11-14-2017 04:26 PM

This is a beautiful chair and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 11-14-2017 11:20 PM

Great job on this chair! I was just looking at the article in FWW the other day. That’s a lot of resawing! You are braver than I am using Mahogany. I think I would have tried with a less expensive wood like maybe poplar. How long did it take to make the chair. It seems to me that there are many many hours of work just in resawing and gluing up the strips. With all the curves and angles in this chair, I do not think this is an easy project and you did very well—congrats!

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SOG

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#13 posted 11-15-2017 01:35 AM

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Thanks for the kudos. But much of the praise must go to Michael Fortune’s exceptional plans. To answer your questions:

first, to be honest, I’m using Philippine Mahogany (AKA Luan). Luan is less expensive, has half the density of Honduran mahogany, and weathers the rainy Pacific Northwest climate. In addition, I wanted to finish the wood wIth a more or less clear sealer, and that decision took poplar out of the money.

The first chair took 29 days to complete, which included the time to build the bending forms. And because I only made two forms, one for the armrests and one for the seat and back slats, so each glue up took a day. The second chair only took 19 days.

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revanson11

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#14 posted 11-15-2017 01:23 PM

Awesome work Paul. I am so jealous of all the clamps that you now have. Totally worth doing this project if you can end up with all those great clamps. As you can see by the responses, your other posting mishap was an aberration, not the norm for this group of woodworkers. How many chairs will you be making? It’s nice that I will have a comfortable chair to relax in the nest time I visit. Well done my friend.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#15 posted 11-15-2017 02:26 PM

Super design ,great build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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