Scrap wood chair

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Project by Daren Nelson posted 01-14-2008 08:22 PM 12143 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It started out with these 2 (well 4 actually, they were busted) oak scraps I had been kicking around. I did not want to throw them out. They had figure and spalt. I just did not know what to do with them.

busted oak

Then I figured, butterfly them together and see what strikes me. I was still stumped. They would have made cool cabinet doors, since they were a bookmatch, but I did not need a cabinet.


They it dawned on me I could use a chair. So I epoxied the crack and made the chair. I don’t really even like oak, too plain for me. I make my own lumber and don’t even saw it unless it is curly or 1/4 sawn.

So there it is, another scrap wood project from urban logged trees. I am digging through the piles now to find some similar pieces for an ottoman. If I have any luck I will post the set.

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#1 posted 01-14-2008 08:25 PM

Very cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-14-2008 08:48 PM

i’m with Charlie, I like this. Often times those pieces that are discarded are those that best show the character of the tree, as well as the enviroment in which it lived. cool

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#3 posted 01-14-2008 08:49 PM

very unique!!!
what a beautiful conversation piece AND place to sit, all in one!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-14-2008 08:57 PM

Love it. Life is to short for rift or plain sawn if you can lay hands of the curly or spalted stuff. You do great work Daren. I envy that mill and drying set up. Dorje and I both were gabbing about if we had time enough and money that urban logging would be a thing we would like to do, and to a limited degree (his less limited than my own) we both have done some. Great post.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 01-14-2008 09:01 PM

Th1s is nice. It is hard to think of this material as scrap, however.

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#6 posted 01-14-2008 09:31 PM

Beautiful chair Darren, love the butterfly joints. Great project. mike

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

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#7 posted 01-14-2008 09:32 PM

cool, recycle

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#8 posted 01-14-2008 09:38 PM

Very nice use of dutchmans!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 01-14-2008 09:44 PM

Very cool chair! Me likes!!!! ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 10:08 PM

How long did it take you to make these (without the finish)?

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#11 posted 01-14-2008 10:09 PM

By the way – these are great! I hit the SEND key before I remembered to add my comments.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#12 posted 01-14-2008 10:38 PM

Cool chair. People pay good money to manufacture those “defects” and you had it in your scrap. It takes a good eye to see an interesting piece of furniture there.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#13 posted 01-14-2008 10:47 PM

I really like your chair Daren. A great design that would go with modern or rustic decor. Beautifully put together & a great use of that lovely wood.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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Daren Nelson

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#14 posted 01-14-2008 11:14 PM

I can’t take credit for it being a completely original design. I had seen this picture of a George Nakashima chair before (below). I just thought “Hey that is cool, and my wood is even funkier”. I added braces down from the seat (which has a frame under it) Because I am 6’ 3” 210 lbs, I was not sure from what I could see in the picture it would be sturdy enough. I have never seen a plan for it, just this one picture from this angle.

Mick I would say it took a full day (broken up over several days in my spare time) about 25% of that was just head scratching. I am not very good with chairs, for me they are hard. They are not like a table, if it is flat and level you did something, and it if is cool looking even better. A chair can be cool looking, if it hurts your butt you still failed. The one I put together is pretty comfy, even though it is very “simple” looking in design.

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#15 posted 01-15-2008 12:22 AM

Nothing like the satisfaction of a salvage well done, nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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