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Princess Chair for my Granddaughter

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Project by SteveGaskins posted 643 days ago 1846 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chair for my three year old granddaughter and she calls it her princess chair. This is the first chair I ever designed and built and the first time I tried carving. The chair is made from pine and it has her initials inlaid into the back splat. The chair has a volute at the upper rear seat legs, a Federal fan on the rear of the chair shoe, a shell on the front of the seat rail and acanthus leaves carved into the cabriole legs. The chair is fitted with a hot pink slip seat to match the inlaided initials. I finished the chair with seal coat of sellac, then used the Maloof oil and wax finish. I have approximately 200 hours in the design, build, and finish.

All comments welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com





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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 643 days ago

Wonderful chair. The design is fit for a little princess and you have done a wonderful job with the carving. You’ve captured all of the classic shapes with your carving.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 643 days ago

For a first chair, that’s incredible. It’s amazing what grandfathers can do!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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cabmaker

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#3 posted 643 days ago

Nice job Steve ! Especially for your first. And I like those knuckles running on the bias too. Anyone can run em paralell right ? JB

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Termite26

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#4 posted 642 days ago

Great job on your first chair. Look forward to seeing more.

-- Ed

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MontanaBob

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#5 posted 642 days ago

Outstanding

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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hunter71

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#6 posted 642 days ago

wow, that’s neat. My granddaughter would love that. Need to keep LJ’s from her for awhile. That might be tough as her daddy has a project on my LJ’s site.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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pete57

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#7 posted 642 days ago

Nice chair. I remember my first chair, a windsor, and you have captured all the great aspects of a fine chair. Thought is was going be the hardest thing I ever tried to build. Waited many years to build up the umf to just do it. I like it now. Well better brush up on making your big girl chair because she is surely going to want some and your price will definately beat other people’s prices. Nice of you to spend the time to do that for her as well. That reminds me of my wife, I built her one thing years ago and it has not stopped. She has gotten to where she picks out the lumber!!

-- Humble Wood Servant

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scrimman

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#8 posted 642 days ago

I see pink seems to be a recurring theme here today…
And I think that the coolest thing about this chair (other than the work you put into it, which is excellent) is that someday she’ll be putting it into her little girl’s room saying ‘your great granddad made this for me’.

-- No matter where you go, there you are!

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justahobby

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#9 posted 642 days ago

Steve,

Great work! I am really intrigued by chair making and even have something in mind…just need the shop to get set up and the gumption.

How did you do the upholstering? Per chance did you document your build? ...maybe a little photo journal/ collection here or on Picasa or some such site?

J

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 642 days ago

Hard to believe that is your first chair with all the intricate features. It turned out absolutely perfect. I see this as a family heirloom to be passed down through generations of princesses. You might ought to do a “prince” chair next- just in case!

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

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SteveGaskins

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#11 posted 642 days ago

Thanks everyone for all of the comments.

Justahobby – I did the upholstering. It was my first time at it, but I wanted to build the entire chair for my granddaughter. I did take a few pics along the way, but nothing to say I truly documented the build. I don’t know of Picasa, but I don’t mind sharing some build pics with you. Just let me know how I can get in touch with you and I will be glad to send over some pics.

gfadvm – Yes, one of my other daughters has already asked “what if you have a little prince one day….

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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lightweightladylefty

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#12 posted 642 days ago

Steve,

Your “first-time” chair with “first-time” carving is amazingly beautiful! It is certain to be a treasured family heirloom. Did you sign and date it somewhere (under the seat)?

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Rick M.

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#13 posted 642 days ago

Looks like she has the best granddad ever. She’s gonna have that chair forever.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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SteveGaskins

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#14 posted 641 days ago

L/W, Yes, I signed and dated it under the shoe which is adjacent to the seat.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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Ralph

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#15 posted 641 days ago

Fantastic chair. Can’t wait to see your second chair :>)

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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