Six chairs in six months (or eight)

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Project by Zipsss posted 11-13-2010 06:48 PM 1650 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am so happy to finally finish this project. It tested my love for woodworking and my dislike of sanding. The wood is Elm, to match some bar stools that I build last year, the finish is shellac.

I did contemplate to build a jig to carve the six seats so they will have the same shape, but I opted for individual carving, and to my surprise the similarities are much more than I expected.

The carving and hand tool work in the legs went very smoothly and in an enjoyable manner. But the sanding took a long long time. I need a hiatus from chair making to recuperate. In defense of the sanding I must said that my muscle tone in my arms increase quiet a bit.

The set is 4 low back chairs and 2 armchairs to match. The style is Sam Maloof inspired, mostly in the joints and the round sexy lines.

-- Zipsss

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 07:05 PM

Wow! Now those were very worthy of your effort!

Not sure I’ve seen a wooden chair beg to be sit in before…Great job!

-- Darrell B.

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 11-13-2010 07:16 PM

Those are wonderful chairs.
You were right to carve each one.
Like kids, all the same yet different.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 07:57 PM

All of the work was definitely worth it. These chairs are beautifull!


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#4 posted 11-13-2010 09:13 PM

Ze’ev Very nice. I see you are making use of your Elm wood. I’ve still got the two pieces sitting in my shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 11-13-2010 11:16 PM

Very nice! Worth the effort my friend. Congratulations on seeing this ambitious project through. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 11-14-2010 04:23 AM

Now that you know you don’t like sanding just remember not to bid on a set of chairs for a restaurant unless you price it high enough to make it worthwhile! That way you can hire a sander. You do beautiful work!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 11-15-2010 01:52 PM

Hi Ze’ev,

Nice job on the chairs. I give you a lot of credit for tackling that project.

I’ve always shyed away from chair making…it just looks like too much work!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 11-15-2010 06:52 PM

Thank you for your kind comments. Technically it was not a hard project. After the mistakes in the first chair were found and corrected, the other 5 chairs came out very nicely. To Lee and Karson: whenever you are in the area, maybe we can get together for coffee and shop talking.

-- Zipsss

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#9 posted 11-15-2010 07:07 PM

I think that those look very nice. Good work.

-- 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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