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Project by gashley posted 04-03-2018 02:45 PM 1563 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The addition to the Wood Whisperer dining table I made my son last year is the matching dining room chairs for him.
All made out of Claro walnut with some wonderful color and figure to it.
Was a somewhat challenging project because of all the angles to the pieces and getting tight fits, particularly on the back slats – there was a little manipulating for good fits there. I accommodated the back slats by doing the slats first and fitting them before anchoring the back crest rail in place. The crest rail was the last piece to be fitted by clamping tight to the back rails, then attaching and shaping into the curve and angles of the back legs. I added some pillowed G&G style ebony plugs to cover the screw holes for the crest rail.
I chose to add a little shape to the rear leg tops above the crest rail and just shaped those by hand with a rasp and files until they looked pleasing to the eye (and hand).
Chairs were sanded to 320 grit, then 4 coats of Maloof Poly/Oil and 2 more coats of the Maloof oil/wax. In between coats I used 500 and 1000 grit abralon pads to buff and smooth and give a luster to the wood. Finally did a final coat of paste wax using 0000 steel wool.
My son chose the fabric for the seats and I think the color and simple threading on it complement the claro walnut well.

-- Gary in OP





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PPK

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#1 posted 04-03-2018 04:14 PM

Wow! beautiful! Do you have more close up shots? Or progress photos? Like the joinery on the chair backs? Did you use a plan? These are very well done. I’m sure your son is happy with them.

-- Pete

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EarlS

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#2 posted 04-03-2018 05:24 PM

Very nice looking chairs. The walnut figuring looks amazing and the design is clean and understated which highlights the back splat curves.

I noticed that there isn’t a stretcher between the legs. Do you have any concerns about not having one to tie the legs together?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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gashley

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#3 posted 04-03-2018 05:37 PM



Wow! beautiful! Do you have more close up shots? Or progress photos? Like the joinery on the chair backs? Did you use a plan? These are very well done. I m sure your son is happy with them.

- PPK

This is a woodshiperer.com guild plan. So had templates for all the complex pieces (like the backs). Everything including the backs is loose mortise and tenons. Was very easy to do do with a good router setup, just have to make sure when you bandsaw the back shapes out (after you’ve cut the joinery) that you don’t accidentally saw through your mortise! I’ll look through my phone later and see if I have any close ups during construction.

My son is pretty happy with the table and chairs. I built his brothers furniture also when he moved out (you can see on my projects list).

-- Gary in OP

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gashley

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#4 posted 04-03-2018 05:40 PM



Very nice looking chairs. The walnut figuring looks amazing and the design is clean and understated which highlights the back splat curves.

I noticed that there isn t a stretcher between the legs. Do you have any concerns about not having one to tie the legs together?

- EarlS

Yeah, the lack of a stretcher had me a little concerned at first also. So I reinforced the side/leg joint with corner blocks which also serve as the resting and attachment point for the seat. Only time will tell how strong the joint will be without stretchers, but they’re well fitted loose tenons and seem to be pretty structurally sound.

-- Gary in OP

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#5 posted 04-03-2018 06:14 PM

WOW this is awesome, great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Joe

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#6 posted 04-03-2018 06:25 PM

Very elegant table and chairs, wonderfully crafted and finished. You should be proud of your ability to construct such a beautiful project. You and your family will spend many hours, eating, drinking and laughing, around the table and chairs you built. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#7 posted 04-03-2018 08:13 PM

These chairs are so nice and beautifully done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 04-03-2018 09:36 PM

Very Nice Work Gary & Well Done Also! Thanks For Posting.

Rick

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be IN the DARK!

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#9 posted 04-03-2018 11:34 PM

WOW!!! what a dining set. Really stellar.

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#10 posted 04-03-2018 11:51 PM

Beautiful work on both projects. Now, that is one cool dad.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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Ron

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#11 posted 04-04-2018 12:23 AM

Very nice!

-- Ron,Ohio,

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#12 posted 04-04-2018 12:51 AM

Great skills. Chairs aren’t easy. Nice work

-- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkRuFxW8HhRfyhbTP4SY5UA I could quit if I wanted

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#13 posted 04-04-2018 01:10 AM

This is a gorgeous set. Beautiful craftsmanship and finishing.

-- AJ

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#14 posted 04-04-2018 01:59 AM

Absolutely beautiful

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#15 posted 04-04-2018 04:32 AM

True professional work! Bravo! Nice design and excellent ’’execution’’.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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