Arts and Crafts Chair

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Project by JohnnyB posted 11-16-2011 03:30 AM 1567 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My most recently completed project is this inexact replica of the Limbert #500 chair. The material is a very light colored red oak that I found at the local hardwood supplier (Almquist Lumber). I scaled the measurements from pictures I found on the internet and drew a full sized side view to try to nail down final dimensions and construction details. It is stained with a home-brew asphaltum, linseed oil, and mineral spirits stain, followed by paste wax. I like the color of the stain but it takes a few months for the smell to dissipate. I can live with that. If I make another one, I will tweak a couple of dimensions, but basically I’m very pleased with the way it turned out.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#1 posted 11-16-2011 03:56 AM

Great chair. Nice design. Have never seen one of these before. Looks very comfortable

-- Norman

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#2 posted 11-16-2011 04:41 AM

I really like your chair. You have done a great job. You also have a nice set of hand planes posted on your workshop page. I’m actually just making the switch moving from machines to using more hand planes and hand tools. Thanks for sharing your chair with us.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 11-16-2011 05:27 AM

Excellent chair! I love it!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 11-16-2011 05:43 AM

unique design . I like it’s simple clean lines

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-16-2011 01:08 PM

Great looking chair. Looks comfy.

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

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#6 posted 11-16-2011 06:09 PM

Nicely done!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#7 posted 11-18-2011 02:59 AM

Nice chair design, simple. Is the cushion something you made? Leather or vinyl?

-- "Can you make ANYTHING? A man should have a talent on his hands."

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#8 posted 11-18-2011 03:14 AM

Nice looking chair.

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#9 posted 11-18-2011 07:45 AM

I made the seat. It is 1/2 inch plywood with 1 inch dense foam and batting covered with good quality fake leather that I got at the local Joanne Fabrics. I found an instructional video on youtube showing how to reupholster slip seats. Turns out it’s not rocket science. The seat is held in place by machine screws inserted in T-nuts. It adds more rigidity to the chair.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#10 posted 02-14-2012 04:49 AM

Please come in and see me at Humboldt Hardware Wood Gallery in Jacoby’s Storehouse.

-- HH

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