First Lowback Chair

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Project by JJackson posted 02-04-2008 08:05 PM 2376 views 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a lowback chair. It was made out of all 8/4” walnut and took about 2.3 million hours for me to finish. :) There was a thread started here a couple days ago about pushing yourself to try things for the first time. I agree 100%. I never thought I could make a nice chair like this, but with doing some history and research on the chair, I pulled it off. I would like to personally thank Scott Shangraw for his help in finishing this chair. He guided me on how to finish it and what to finish it with. Thank-you very much Scott. I think we should all push ourselves into new areas, if we do that, I bet it would be amazing the things we all could create.

-- Jeff, Indiana

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Marco Cecala

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#1 posted 02-04-2008 08:10 PM

Great work, your success is inspiring to all of us who often think we can’t tackle a project beyond our ability. Your not going to let anyone sit in it, are you?

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#2 posted 02-04-2008 08:22 PM

a stunning job.. the joints!! woohoo

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 02-04-2008 09:47 PM

THIS IS YOUR FIRST CHAIR!!!!! Very nice project and the finish looks great. How id you finish it?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-04-2008 10:25 PM

That’s a beautiful chair Jeff. Timeless sort of style; I can see it in both a traditional and a modern setting. When do we see the other five? <g>

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

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#5 posted 02-04-2008 11:01 PM

That is REALLY nice. I agree with you on pushing ourselves. Great job. I would love to make something like that some day. Beautiful design and finish.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 02-04-2008 11:03 PM

Inspiring chair, looks very sturdy without looking ‘heavy’.
Very clean joinery (or is it jointery?), and intriguing curves.
Looks very comfortable as well. Think you’ve got a winner with this
design and execution.

-- Still learning everything

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#7 posted 02-04-2008 11:07 PM

Great job Jeff. I would like to make one but I don’t have 2.3 million hours left.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 02-05-2008 12:26 AM

Wow, great job. I love the Maloof like joinery. Is his work your inspiration on this piece? thanks for posting pics.

-- Shawn, Washington, No really, its a work in progress.

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#9 posted 02-05-2008 12:31 AM

Great Chair! Way to push yourself beyond your ‘limitations’. Nice project with nice lines!

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#10 posted 02-05-2008 12:45 AM

Looks great! Man, I’ve got to make a chair.

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

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#11 posted 02-05-2008 12:49 AM

Jeff, very nice work. Gotta love that walnut, looks beautiful with a good finish, so tell us a little about you finish technique.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 02-05-2008 02:00 AM

That’s a very slick looking chair, I also would like to hear more about the finish.

-- I can build us one.

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#13 posted 02-05-2008 02:27 AM

Chair looks great!It came out a lot nicer than you were letting on to!!!So what did you think about the finish? it looks good were you happy with it ?

-- Scott NM,

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#14 posted 02-05-2008 02:28 AM

Very nicely done Jeff, great chair!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#15 posted 02-05-2008 05:00 AM

Hey all,
Thank you for all the nice comments. As for the finish, it was tought to me by Scott Shangraw. It is called Waterlox and was applied with a rag and scuff sanded in between coats. I started with 600 grit and finished with 0000 steel wool. I have found that Waterlox is a very easy finish to work with and can be bought in a matte, semi-gloss or high gloss. This chair has the semi-gloss that Scott recommended. I think the Maloof Style rocker is next for me….........maybe.

-- Jeff, Indiana

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