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Project by Dusty posted 2652 days ago 1388 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These library chairs I built out of red oak are one of my favorite projects I have ever did. Not because there are so difficult or unique. I like them because of the story behind the seat cushions. Although the chairs were fun to make and a bit of a challenge the fun came with doing the leather seats . This was my first attempt at doing this type of work. I really lucked out when I made a visit to a friend of mine and I noticed that in a corner of the garage was a old seat and what looked like a old side car. It was. Her late father who owned a 1942 Harley Davision motorcycle and side car. The seats were just laying there in a heap along with a lot of other junk slated for the landfill. I asked her what she was going to do them . She said ” throw the junk out”. Needles to say I took the junk and the rest is history – they are part of my seat to these chairs are in my library.

The seats are in great shape but show all the stress of weather and years. That is one of my favorite things about the seats. I often wonder if they could only talk ,I bet they would have quite a story.

I finished the chairs using the old mission 12 step staining process to match my other mission works in my home.

Dusty

-- Dusty





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Obi

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#1 posted 2651 days ago

the book on the table…. hmmm, middle of the book… psalms?

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 2651 days ago

What a find! That leather is just perfect. I love the mission style furniture. I’d like to hear more about this 12 step staining process.

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Dusty

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#3 posted 2651 days ago

Obi…yep… 23… its one of my fav places to sit and read and relax.

Dusty

-- Dusty

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 2651 days ago

they are beautiful and the story (as always) adds to the beauty of the item.

Hmm if the seats could talk – well, since we are talking to the trees, perhaps you just need to ask them and their story will be shared with you!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dusty

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#5 posted 2651 days ago

Dennis,
The staining process I use now replaced a number of different ones I used to use, that I don’t any longer use for several reasons anymore. I find this gives me the most consistent results for mission look with out all the pitfalls such as the toxic fumes from ammonia fuming. I know there are many ways to stain mission and I merely have found this one to work the best for me. I’m not saying it is the best; merely it has worked well for over 200 pieces of mission furniture in the last 3 years.
1. Use a natural stainable wood filer, where needed.
2. Sand to 100 grit finish.
3. Sand to final 220 finish
4. Mix water soluble yellow dye and let sit 12 hours. (then hand apply with cheesecloth)
5. After yellow dye is applied and dry, hand sand with 400 ( the water based stain will raise grain of wood)
6. Apply your first coat of mixed stain or use Red Mahogany (results are close) , use a soft cloth or disposable paper rag and gloves
7. Let dry and apply second coat stain by hand rubbing in to the wood firmly.
8. Apply a 2lb cut amber Shellac, let dry completely.
9. Apply another coat of cut Shellac.
10. Hand sand with 400 and tack coat dust off wood.
11. Apply 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. Letting dry between coats.
12 Touch up as needed.

I hope this is helpful I found this to be very consistent so if you are doing multiple pieces with same stain you can be sure they don’t vary.

Dusty

-- Dusty

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Dusty

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#6 posted 2651 days ago

MsDebbieP,

Thank you… and I might add, I loved your web page and am enyvous of your photography talents.

Dusty

-- Dusty

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Don

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#7 posted 2651 days ago

Lovely chairs, Dusty. And great reading material.

Thanks for your 12 step finishing lesson.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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gizmodyne

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#8 posted 2582 days ago

I have been experminting with many finishes in preparation for finishing a dining table. Why do you dye yellow first? Is it the lemon yellow transtint dye. I want to try this. I have tried so far: mission brown dye and the same mixed with cardinal red. (Did not like).

Have you also tried this on white oak? That is what my unfinished project is made of.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Bill

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#9 posted 2581 days ago

A nice set of chairs Dusty. Did you have a set of plans, or just make them from your own design?

I am reading the 12 step process, and it sounds good. I think I will try it on some of my projects. I usually sand to 220 grit, so that part is ok. I like shellac, so that is good. I am not familiar with the Arm-R-Seal, what is that?

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Dusty

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#10 posted 2581 days ago

Bill,

Arm.R.Seal. is a wipe on heavy duty oil urethane top coat. Is is made by General Finishes.

I find it at your better stain and finish shops such as Rockler. I have used it a long time and like it best for the 12 step mission process.

-- Dusty

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Dusty

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#11 posted 2581 days ago

gizmodyne,

I have used it on white oak with good results. The lemon dye is to raise the grain and give it a underlying hue color that I desire when I do mission stain look for furniture. all of my mission stain now is done using this process.

-- Dusty

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gizmodyne

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#12 posted 2578 days ago

I will try it on a sample soon. Thanks of the details.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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