Dining chair set

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Project by Wahine_Woodworker posted 02-18-2011 01:43 AM 1648 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is a set of chairs I made to match a dining table I made for my dad. He wanted a dining table, and I convinced him that he needed chair to match (of course!). I thought it would be a good opportunity at chair production experience (I even learned some upholstry). I had never made a set by myself. They are made from Silver Oak (one of my favorites, though considered a pest species here in Hawaii) with Milo details, finished with about three coats of spray on lacquer. I made five (extra one just in case) and turned the fifth one into a rocker. Its one of those rockers that when you sit down you feel like your gona fall backwards. I think I should have put the feet closer to the front of the rocker. I love getting my parents to commission work, I get the experience and it stays where I can see it often! Luckily I don’t have allergic reactions to the silk oak, but I protect myself. However, towards the end, I thought I was getting a little rash on my hands.

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Scott Gilroy

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 01:53 AM

Those chairs are beautiful. Did you make them from plans or your own design? Either way, nice work!

-- Scott

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 04:19 AM

Your workmanship is really top-notch. The wood is beautiful, too. They look fabulous with your table. Thanks for posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 05:23 AM

Very nice chairs. I like that grain of the Silver Oak. Were the trees very big? Good color choice for the rocker.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 05:56 AM

Very nice work. I made a single very similar chair a couple of years ago. I decided it would be best as a desk chair since I couldn’t imaging making five more. Kudos to you. I’m sure your father will enjoy having the entire dining set.

-- Glen

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 12:10 AM

Thanks everyone. They were my own design, though I got the legs from a template we already had in the shop. Im not sure how big the trees were, but im assuming quite big since the boards were 8/4” and 7-8” wide

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