Dining Chairs

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Project by JoshLawson posted 04-30-2012 01:33 AM 3637 views 24 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished this set of 8 dining chairs after having started them more than a year and a half ago. Sure I’ve done several projects in the middle, but it sure is good to finally have these finished and out of the shop.

I used traditional wedged mortise and tenon joints for all the lower structure and I additionally pinned a few of the mortise and tenon joints to provide better strength (as well as to match some bar stools I made earlier). The back slats were taken from a set of plans for a Maloof style rocker by Hal Taylor, excellent lumbar support!

The seats were all rough carved using a router and a custom router jig, then I used the more common method using an angle grinder with a tungsten carbide spur bit and sandpaper to finish it up. The router jig helped make all the seats very similar looking.

One other interesting thing I did was for the feet on the chair. I just put in the hard maple floor the previous week, so to help avoid scratches I added Delrin (a specific plastic, commonly used for furniture feet) pads to the bottom. I looked at various sources for these (Lee Valley, Rockler, etc) but found them all to be overpriced. So instead I went online to my favorite industrial supply company (McMaster – they are absolutely the best if you haven’t used them yet) and ordered five feet of Delrin 1.25” diameter round stock. I cut the round stock down to 3/8 inch disks using my chop saw (make sure to use a zero clearance insert… otherwise it gets ugly), sanded down the front face, drilled and countersunk a hole in the center for the attachment screw, and rounded the bottom edges… and voila cheap scratch free feet! I also countersunk the Delrin pads into the bottom of the legs, which provided an opportune time to final tune the leveling so the chairs won’t rock. If you drill the hole too deep, just add a washer underneath, it’s out of sight and secure.

These chairs go with:
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And here is the table and chairs together:

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#1 posted 04-30-2012 05:32 AM

They look really great. Nice story of the details of making and the floor pads,

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 10:03 AM

Very beautifully done. You should be proud off!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 01:09 PM

I love your chairs, great design and solid jointry. Hal’s back slats are comfortable. Very nice work.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 01:36 PM

The chairs look great. Building eight chairs is no small feat.I like the contrasting wood shades of the back slats and the chair. The details of the joinery look great. You certainly have a good eye for all these various details which have come together (x 8) to make chairs that you will enjoy for many many year..

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 03:57 PM

Great chairs, they do a wonderful job of complimenting the table. I especially like the extra details in contrasting color. It adds just the right additional touch.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 04:06 PM

Great job, I like the contrasting woods. My favorite part is the double lower cross rails on the chairs.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 04-30-2012 07:50 PM

Very nice build. Love the chairs. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#8 posted 04-30-2012 10:34 PM

Those chairs look great, and even better with the table. Nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 04-30-2012 10:44 PM

Ha! The beautiful quality of the build went right over your head as you focus on the engineering detail of the delrin feet, I do the same thing!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 05-01-2012 02:15 PM

...oh my!

Josh, I’m at a loss for adjectives, which seldom is the case. (I’ll try to recover)

You’ve done Mother Nature Proud with the way you rearranged the grain of Her tree.

To have the skills and knowledge to take woodworking to this level is truely a blessing.
The fit and finish, design and wood selections are over the top.

A great addition to your Gallery of Fine Projects.

Drooling on my desk – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#11 posted 05-27-2012 05:19 PM

You have the patience and the eyes of a master builder!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 01-22-2014 11:00 PM

Making 15 stickley style chairs. Made one 3 years ago and used felt bottomed protectors. I wonder how your Delrin pads are holding up? Felt was great in a bedroom, but I don’t know how well they would do in the kitchen around food scraps.

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#13 posted 01-23-2014 01:31 PM

Nels –
I just took a look at the Delrin last night and they looked like new, there wasn’t any noticeable wear on them (and I haven’t noticed any on the wood floor either). If they were being used on a harder surface like tile, you may get different wear results, but for use on a wood floor they’re perfect! On another note, if you have any pets, the Delrin isn’t a fur magnet like the felt ones are.


-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#14 posted 01-23-2014 01:38 PM

Thanks for checking. Have 6 kids and 5 grandkids, in other words, the wood floors are not always clean. I’ll give Delrin a try. Ebay sells almost any diameter.
Just glued the first back togeather yesterday. Have to bring them in the house because of the cold weather you all sent us. I was born in Sheldon, Iowa but live in Georgia now.

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#15 posted 02-06-2014 11:39 PM

Bought a stick of 1” Delrin on Ebay. Drilled a 1” hole in this practice block and cut the Delrin 3/8” long. Counter sunk the screw so if the Delrin wore down, the screw wouldn’t scratch the floor.

starting on the chair bottoms now.

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