My first chair

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Project by GCM posted 611 days ago 1008 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first chair – based on the Ana White Classic Chairs Made Simple design.
Because I knew didn’t know WTF I was doing I made it out of 2×4s, damaged material bought cheap from Bunnings, and reclaimed pine from an old potting bench (great stuff!). It turned out quite well despite the fact that there is a major dimensional error on the plan. The seat is meant to have a foam rubber upholstered seat but I can’t find the foam rubber ANYWHERE it seems to have disappeared of the face of the planet. I finished it with what I thought was a clear acrylic varnish bought cheaply from Aldi’s – and you can see it wasn’t clear – it took three coats to get anywhere near an even cover – and I reckon would have taken about six more to get it really right. Anyway I learnt a lot from it – but I really need to find out how to carve the indents into the seat seeing it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to upholster them when I come to do the proper lot. As I don’t have a jointer I jointed the seat boards on the router table using the outfeed offset trick – that worked really well.

-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.

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#1 posted 611 days ago

welcome to the world of chair building. great looking chair each one you build is a learning experience.!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 611 days ago

Good job,nice chair

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 611 days ago

Such a very matchless work ! You outdid yourself today…

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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George Coles

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#4 posted 611 days ago

Well done. The first chair is always the hardest. Sadly, they don’t get much easier as we get more creative as we go.

-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines

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#5 posted 607 days ago

great chair,fantastic job.i’ve built a couple items off ana white’s site she does some great work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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