Arts and Crafts dining chairs

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Project by tbone posted 08-15-2010 03:01 AM 2947 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of chairs that I built for my dining table a little while back. Like the dining table they go with, they are QSWO, fumed, oiled and finished with a wipe-on poly.
It is the only project I have done so far where there was repetiton—two of the captain’s chairs and four of the standard dining chairs.
The backs are a bit too upright for relaxing in for a long time, but for their intended purpose—dining—they are more than adequate.
I built them from measured drawings from one of the Stickley-style books. (I can’t remember the name of it right now)
It’s on to the next project now—a Greene and Greene inspired coffee table similar to the Aurora table of Darrell Peart’s.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 03:08 AM

Great looking set of chairs. I need to re-glue the set that I have (store bought).

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

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 03:22 AM

very nice chairs..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 03:27 AM

Nice Job on the chairs :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 03:28 AM

I like ‘em.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 04:14 AM

Very nice chairs. Great job!

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 06:59 AM

Really nice chairs. I like the arts and crafts look!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 03:36 PM

Beautiful chairs, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 03:54 PM

Nicely done tbone, as usual. I’ve already made the templates for my Rodel chairs. I always worry about the arm chairs damagine the aprons, so I’m making six side chairs. Besides the back rest angle, do you have any suggestions? Here’s what I drew up, based on the FWW article.

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

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#9 posted 08-15-2010 11:23 PM

looks good

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#10 posted 08-15-2010 11:27 PM

Thanks Captain and others. It is a close call on the armchairs banging the apron. We have to be careful when adjusting the chair up to the table.
Your diagram looks very similar to the dimensions I worked with. As I said earlier, the chairs seem a little too upright to be comfortable for relaxing in, but that’s really not what they’re made for in the first place. I think it was Frank Lloyd Wright who said that the better the posture at the table, the easier it is to digest the meal.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#11 posted 08-16-2010 04:17 PM

My father in law says that guest accomodations should be comfortable, but not too comfortable that they overstay their welcome…

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

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#12 posted 08-20-2010 07:52 PM

LOVE THIS! I have the originals and yours are just as beautiful!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#13 posted 10-08-2010 04:14 AM

They look great; love your work!

-- Mike, Western New York

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#14 posted 12-19-2012 06:33 PM

Great chairs. These inspired me to build a set of my own. Then another set.
Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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