Nakashima Chair & Footstool

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Project by Elwood89 posted 09-26-2012 12:00 PM 1961 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of George Nakashima’s Conoid Chair and Greenrock Ottoman.

The wood is Tineo, the finish is oil. The footstool is wrapped in leather. All wood construction. Mortice and tenon along with saddle joints.

There were a lot of firsts in these projects for me, including my first chair. I am very happy with the results. I think that I’m starting to get the hang of this woodworking stuff.

The chair is incredibly sturdy and well balanced; there is no wobble or threat of tipping over. Since I wasn’t working from plans, I was able to tweak the design as I went along to make it more comfortable for me to sit on.

-- Elwood, making sawdust in Germany,

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 12:09 PM

Not only a beautiful job, really beautiful wood.

Every time I think I am getting the hang of this, I do something to remind myself I have a lot to learn.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-26-2012 12:38 PM

great looking piece. How’s she sit?

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#3 posted 09-26-2012 01:32 PM

Wow, that wood is beautiful!...a fine job sir!

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#4 posted 09-26-2012 01:37 PM

Gorgeous wood! Magnificent Work! Cute pup!

Getting the hang of it and holding on to it is an ongoing task for me. If I don’t use it for a time I seem to lose some of it. So I’m forever trying to get the hang of one thing or another!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 09-26-2012 02:04 PM

Very kool. That wood is beautiful, especially with the leather accent. Looks pretty comfy also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 09-26-2012 02:48 PM

Great job on all of this ,color, finish and the build!!

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

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#7 posted 09-26-2012 09:24 PM

Looks very comfortable! And let’s not forget the design, it is awesome !!!

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#8 posted 09-27-2012 12:50 AM

That is some beautiful wood I’m not familiar with. You did a great job on the design and construction. Even the dog looks pleased!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 09-27-2012 01:18 AM

Very nice. Awesome job for just your first one.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#10 posted 09-27-2012 02:57 AM

Nakashima would be proud nice work!

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#11 posted 09-27-2012 03:15 AM


Love the wood and the craftsmanship.

One question, is it tippy at all? I really like the styling on the feet/bases and their size fits the piece, but it looks like it would rock forward/backward fairly easily.

Does the slant back help correct that?

I only ask because I want to add this project to my bucket list :)

-- Steve

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#12 posted 09-27-2012 10:27 AM

Totally Awesome!...”I think that I’m starting to get the hang of this woodworking stuff.”...Yes you are!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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