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A Throne for a day

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Project by Brit posted 05-31-2012 06:33 PM 2041 views 0 times favorited 58 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last of the community woodworking projects that I had to complete for our street party on 4th June to celebrate our queen’s diamond jubilee.

One day my wife came home from work with an old oak carver chair from a dining suite.

The conversation went something like this:

Wife: Can you turn this into a throne?

Me: You’re ‘aving a laugh aren’t you?

Wife: No. I thought you liked a challenge. If I didn’t keep making all these weird requests, you wouldn’t be half as good as you are. (wife obviously trying flattery now)

Me: I’m sure I can do something with it. Not sure what though.

Wife: Oh and by the way, it only has to look good from the front.

Me: That works for me.

Wife: You can probably do it out of the scrap from the other projects.

Me: Somehow I doubt that. (looking at the scrap pile)

I left this project until I’d finished all my other jubilee projects, hoping for some inspiration. Finally the day came when I had to tackle it. Needless to say, I was on a very tight budget and bear in mind it’s only a ‘prop’ for a game she’s got planned. Thereafter it will be a photo opportunity for the little kids.

Anyhow, I got the chair out and walked around it a few times, looking at it from every angle.

To me, it was all about the back of the chair. The existing back just didn’t say throne, so that’s where I was going to spend what little money I’d been given.

Off to the store to buy some softwood…

...then I just kind of made it up as I went along. I added some decals and roofs to the new chair back to throw some shadows, painted the bits that would show with a couple of coats of gold paint, upholstered the new back with some foam from an old sofa cushion, then covered it with red velvet. I also recovered the seat. Voila, I had a throne.

Just don’t look at the back!

Now I can relax and enjoy the day. I’ve done my bit.

Thanks for looking.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.





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#1 posted 05-31-2012 06:39 PM

Excellent, Andy. I love it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Brit

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#2 posted 05-31-2012 06:41 PM

Thanks Brandon. How’s your chair coming along?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#3 posted 05-31-2012 06:42 PM

LOL, very clever Andy, I would have never come up with that, you look very regal in the last pic. LOL

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Brit

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#4 posted 05-31-2012 06:49 PM

Mauricio – I don’t know about looking regal, maybe knackered. LOL.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#5 posted 05-31-2012 06:49 PM

Ummm . . . does the real queen know about this? (j/k) Sounds like a fun day – and the kids will have a blast playing with it after the party – it is very throne-like.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#6 posted 05-31-2012 06:55 PM

I am an anti monarchist, anti monarchy, and anti royal family, so I am a republican and wish to see an and to an undemocratic system of non elected heierarchy who are treated like gods.The queen is like your chair all looks well from the front then you look more closely and you see the reality that they all they just sh!t like the rest of us.Worthless paracites MY 2 cents Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 06:55 PM

Haha, the way your wife busts on you is too damn funny. It cracks me up every time you iterate one of the conversations. :)

Your skill and creativeness never ceases to amaze me. Fine job, as always, Andy.

-- ~Tony

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Brit

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 07:11 PM

Kookaburra – Thanks.

Scotsman – In my view there are pros and cons on both sides, but it isn’t a subject I really want to debate in this project post.

Tony – All the stuff I’ve built for this party isn’t stuff I would normally make, but I’ve found it strangely liberating to create stuff using cheap materials and not have to worry about messing up some expensive hardwood. I just went for it without over-thinking it.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#9 posted 05-31-2012 07:17 PM

Brit I am one of many who still think Diana was murdered! it all ads up .Still I wish you both a mice day.Regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 05-31-2012 07:18 PM

Thanks Alistair.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#11 posted 05-31-2012 08:17 PM

A lot like the sets on stage in Amateur Traumatics (Dramatics) groups, DON’T LOOK AT THE BACK.

Very well done.

Could you do a Presidential chair for us (that’s British, not U.S.) republicans?!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#12 posted 05-31-2012 08:21 PM

Very cool Andy, pretty darn creative,just make sure they don’t have any mirrors on stage.:))

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#13 posted 05-31-2012 08:34 PM

Andy, your getting into the prop building pretty heavily. That looks pretty cool.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#14 posted 05-31-2012 09:36 PM

Martyn – I’d happily make a presidential chair. :-) Personally I don’t have strong views one way or the other, I’m all about the Pimms and the beer and bringing the community together. In my neighbourhood everyone (235 people) are really up for it and I’m sure it will be a great occassion, but it wouldn’t work everywhere in Britain. Around here, there was only one person who said he was a republican and he is going sailing for the day.

Jim – Thanks. I’ll be sure to check for mirrors. I was going to cover the back with 3mm MDF, but honestly I just couldn’t be bothered. LOL.

Don – Actually I feel pretty good that I managed to get all the projects done on time and within budget. It was looking a bit doubtful until the sun came out a couple of weeks ago.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#15 posted 05-31-2012 09:43 PM

Brilliant Brit!! The Queen should knight you for this one (Sir Brit?) Not an easy challenge by any means. I imagine your wife is over the moon (as long as she doesn’t see the back). I hope your Jubilee party is a big success and that you and your neighbors have a wonderful time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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