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Project by marc_rosen posted 08-05-2011 03:40 AM 3176 views 14 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey All,

I finished four Cherry chairs designed by Kevin Rodel and I have eight more almost complete. (the back and front assemblies are glued up and I need to join them, make the stretchers, final sand and finish). Eight are for our dining room and one each will go to my computer desk, our bedroom, my Mother -in-Law and my Father. My wife Paula did most of the weaving for the upholstery on our 60 inch loom (we have 5 floor looms and one table top). She also applied the last coat of finish and kept me well fed.

I followed Kevin’s plans closely with a slight variation here and there. I used a hollow chisel mortiser for most mortises and implemented angled jigs for the 85.5 degree holes. The slip tenons in the side rails are rectangular on the leg ends but rounded over where they fit into the rails. I found it simpler to use a plunge router for the rail mortises and not worry about squaring any corners. The lower side stretchers were attached using a Domino which made that slip tenon area seem almost effortless. The cross stretchers were the first hand cut dovetails I ever made and I was really stoked by their outcome
The pegs at the crest rail are Cocobolo and are square all the way in. I also cut these holes with the HCM before gluing in the crest rail then chiseled a square hole in the rail’s tenon.

We finished the chairs with one coat of Tried and True Danish oil followed by two coats of T&T Varnish oil. The appearance is darker than I prefer and some of the grain definition seems lost but Paula is thrilled with the results so why am I complaining?
I’m hoping the final stages of the remaining chairs will be completed quickly. I want to make the Hayrake table that Mike Pecovich was showing off on the Fine Woodworking site as our dining room table and my goal is to have Thanksgiving dinner on it.

To Pashley and Marco Cecala: Thanks to you guys for posting pics of your Rodel Chairs. Those images and your descriptions gave me a lot of encouragement to finish my set. Thanks for looking, Marc (ignore the Woodduck)

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 07:26 AM

Great looking chairs, I am sure they will be passed down

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 12:12 PM

Very nice looking chairs. The colors blend together really well. Like the hint of G & G as well.

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

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 02:41 PM

It’s interesting that you say you think the grain has been muted by the Tried and True. This is one of my favorite finishes for just the opposite reason. Especially on cherry. I typically sand to 400 grit, then burnish with 0000 steel wool before applying the T&T. Let it sit for about an hour then then buff vigorously with a soft cloth. Looks Great!

-- Aaron in TN -

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 02:58 PM

Beautiful !! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 03:32 PM

Those are some good looking chairs Marc. I like them in that cherry, gives it a whole different feel than oak.

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 05:00 PM

Great looking chairs and upholstery, the two of you make a wonderful design and furniture team. Now why
would a duck rancher tell us to ignore the wood duck? We had a up to 8 wild mallards below the bird feeder
for about a month during the early summer, no Canadian Geese this year, but a few last year. They are nice
visitors. Really like the look of those square pegs and loom made material. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 03:11 AM

Hi Gang, (Norman, Ken, Jack, Tim, )
Thank you all for the compliments, I really appreciate reading them.
To Aaron in TN; Some of my self criticsm is because I just completed two other cherry projects- a Walnut table top with Cherry breadboard for a friend and a Cherry coffee table for my boss (pictures eventually) – that I sanded to 320 and finished with Waterlox. The wood appears lighter and I see more contrast throughout the grain patterns. On my chairs most of the surfaces were sanded to 240 but I did the back and crest rails with 320 or 400. I can see much more detail on the finer sanded pieces and I think I will take the time to sand the remainder as you describe. I’ll post pics as soon as i get another quartet completed.
To Gus; My pet Woodduck is 6 years old and his best friends are two of our Canada Geese. They are the only waterfowl in our flock (Mallards, Woodducks, Mandarin, Call Ducks) that he wants to hang around with. He will mimic peole when they talk and always tries to let his presence be known when we have company.

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#8 posted 04-06-2012 03:49 PM

Very nice work!!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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