Jake's chair in other woods

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Project by BenchDawg posted 04-25-2011 05:58 PM 5072 views 19 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my version of the Jake’s chair in Walnut. I found a local family owned sawmill and purchased some Walnut and some wood known as “coffeebean” wood. Both chairs are made from 1” boards and are thicker and much heavier than my earlier cedar version.

I decided to develop a side table design to match the chair and stool. Unlike the stool, which has the lower slats stopping at the legs leaving a hallow center, I chose to plank between the legs so you could throw a magazine or a plant or something beneath the table top.

I’m fairly new to Lumberjocks, so I did not have fresh photos of these sets. These sets already have a season of use on them.

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 06:07 PM

Dude that is awosome! Nice!

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 07:23 PM

you can charge extra for that “first class seating”! well done.

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#3 posted 04-25-2011 08:05 PM

This is a good looking set!

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#4 posted 04-25-2011 08:06 PM


That is some beautiful wood that ol’ walnut isn’t it?

Oh, and don’t be concerned as being new at this ol’ trade/pastime anymore if this is an example of your work … you are NO longer a “newbie” – consider yourself a woodworker!

I build rustic recycled “objects” and am always on the lookout for exterior finishes people are using … what did you use to finish your furniture with?

Your pieces turned out awesome by the way.

Ellijay, GA

-- " .... For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.”

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#5 posted 04-25-2011 08:31 PM

nice garden set :-)
just the right way of enjoy woodworking


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#6 posted 04-25-2011 09:35 PM

Very nice

The finish has real depth


-- 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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#7 posted 04-26-2011 02:38 AM

Really nice work. Looks to nice to sit outside.

-- Chuck

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#8 posted 04-26-2011 03:09 AM

I love the set, especially using thicker lumber…gives it character.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#9 posted 04-26-2011 05:19 AM


Of all the conundrums I have had so far, I think the finish is the piece I am still trying to perfect. I want these pieces to be functionable and as maintenance free as possible. So far, all of Jake’s chairs have had four coats of Spar Varnish.

As stated, the walnut and the coffeebean chair were built last season. The Coffeebean wood, although pretty, has shown some cracking. The Walnut has held up pretty good. I will build these again with walnut but will reserve the coffeebean for interior projects.

Recently, I have been boning up on varnish techniques and here’s where I am heading for my current chair build:

In keeping with my nitpicky approach, I am going with Epifanes brand varnish (wooden boat builders favorite) and I am going to take their recommendation to thin the first coat, with mineral spirits, to 50/50. Second coat, 75/25. Third, 85/15. Fourth either 95/5 or 100% depending on the environment. The thinning helps allow the varnish to penetrate. Of course, there will be a light sand between each coat.

This I did not do so far. Also, I have been using cheap “throw-away” brushes. Up to now, I have not found any effective solution to cleaning a quality brush after a varnish. The Epifanes folks highly recommend a top quality china bristle and recommend cleaning with mineral spirits and suspending the brush in a diesel bath. It lives, when not in use, in the bath. When you need the brush again, clean and spin and your ready to go.

Costly to get started as I will need not only the varnish, but a superior quality brush and the diesel brush bath keeper and a doggone spinner, but I want to finish at the same level as I started in the build.

I am in the middle of a “aromatic cedar” chair (the grain is incredible) and I want it to pop. I will post the results, including my thoughts on my switch to Epifanes when it is completed.

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#10 posted 04-26-2011 10:33 AM

Man, I’m ready for summer…...

-- mike...............

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#11 posted 04-26-2011 10:57 AM

Great work, everyone should consider plugging the screw holes on these. Like how you doubled up back support.

I just paid $55 for a finishing brush called, “JE Mosers”, couldnt believe it. A friend and someone I consider a Master Woodworker told me it will make look like a genius. Well not sure thats possible,,, lol ,,,but it is amazing and it raised my level of fininsh work to the next level.

Good luck.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 07-31-2012 04:45 PM

Just found this project. It’s absolutely beautiful!

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#13 posted 12-15-2012 02:27 PM

Great looking chair and the ottoman and table are a nice extra touch!

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