I-beam and Jobillo wood chair

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Project by donaldmee posted 1345 days ago 3083 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this chair for the gallery, it was a concept I have recently chair started to work out. The body of the chair is made out of one piece of i-beam that i strategically cut,bent ,and folded to create the body. I wasn’t sure if it would work it looked good in my sketches but sometimes in the real world they don’t work, thank goodness it did I am planing on doing a whole series of these chairs. This was my first attempt at a chair of any kind there are a few little things I would change but over all it was I feel a success. So maybe a set of 6 for a dinning room table? I have never worked with or even seen this type of wood it is called Jobillo, I have since read it is similar to and used as a substitute for Tiger wood. I really enjoyed working with this wood it is super dense and hard, with an almost waxy feel to it. Sands beautifully and has some wonderful iridescent quality’s they didn’t come through in the pictures that well but they are there. The finish on the steel is a simple blacking and on the wood tung oil. Despite being made out of an I-beam it is super comfortable.

-- donald mee

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#1 posted 1345 days ago

Yeah, jobillo is great looking wood, I have made a few small items from it and everyone loves the look. The chair looks pretty good, a unique concept, keep working at it, I imagine it must be heavy.

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#2 posted 1345 days ago

Nicely done! Very interesting and eye appealing.

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#3 posted 1345 days ago

The wood and steel man! Nice to see some of your work again!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#4 posted 1345 days ago

Very, very nice Donald. Great design and execution!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 1344 days ago

beautiful chair, with grate color combo of wood and metal


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#6 posted 1344 days ago

beautiful chair, with grate color combo of wood and metal


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#7 posted 1344 days ago

Very good combination of wood and steel, I will to take your word on the fact it is comfortable, I do
not think that I would be able duplicate it without going way over my tool budget, although it might
be interesting to do it in all wood. Thank you for getting our imagination and appreciation going again.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 1344 days ago


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 1325 days ago

a very niice looking chair , interresting concept :-)

looking forward to see more from you

take care

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#10 posted 1289 days ago


-- 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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