Civil War Chair

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Project by Phil277 posted 07-17-2012 12:27 PM 2703 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The latest issue of Woodworker’s Journal has an article with plans for a Civil War Chair. This is a folding chair that looks like a nice piece of furniture and is comfortable. I made one out of cherry. I decided to use my Shopbot for the mortises on the curved back pieces for accuracy and perfect alignment.
I also did the upper back concave curve on the Shopbot so I could add the “1862” to the part. I really like the chair. When I make another one I will do the other parts on the Shopbot too.
The picture shows the chair ready for the cloth seat.

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 12:33 PM

Nice chair. Looks like something useful and beautiful at the same time.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 02:13 PM


-- Nimkee** Joe

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 06:11 PM

Great job a very unique chair.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 06:18 PM

Great job. I have been looking at that article also. I would not have the benefit of the Shopbot, but I think it is a handsome project. Did you procure the rivets from the source listed in the article or find them elsewhere?

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 06:25 PM

This is really nice and you did a wonderful job on it.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 06:59 PM

The civil war period through 1910 is my favorite period of American history and this is an excellent piece.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#7 posted 07-18-2012 12:04 PM

Thanks for the compliments, this was a fun project to build. I went with stainless steel machine screws with nylon locking stainless steel nuts rather than rivets.

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#8 posted 07-23-2012 03:34 PM

The chair is finished. This shows the chair with the cloth seat. This is a very comfortable, lighttweight chair.

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