Arts and Crafts Dining/Kitchen Chairs

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Project by kbiniowa posted 12-31-2012 07:45 PM 3380 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the first of 12 chairs that I am making for my two son’s and their families (6 chairs each). The first set is made from Red Oak, the second set will be made from White oak.

The chairs were constructed utilizing the plans provided by Kevin Rodel in a past issue of Fine Woodworking. The chairs were a challenge to make as there are multiple angles built into the chairs, the chair backs are rounded, and the mortises for the back splats were cut by hand. Floating mortise and tenon joinery was used throughout the project.

The seats were constructed in a traditional fashion (webbing, high density foam, cotton batting, muslin cloth and leather). The seat frame I made from ash.

One photo shows the chairs with a table I had made for my son and daughter in in 2011.

-- Keith - Iowa

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#1 posted 12-31-2012 08:02 PM

Great job. These same chairs are on my to-do list.

-- "What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway." -Mother Teresa

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 08:32 PM

Nice chairs! It looks like you shortened the back legs, so they don’t extend so far beyond the crest rail. I like that change.
Very well done!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 12-31-2012 08:40 PM

Very well done ,super looking A&C chairs.

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#4 posted 12-31-2012 10:42 PM

great looking chairs.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 01-01-2013 12:00 AM

Keith, the chairs look great. Did you use a Domino to make the mortises? How many hours did it take you to complete the pair? Any other tips or suggestions would be much appreciated. I plan to make a table for LOML Jr and the SIL, and these would be perfect to go with the table I am planning.

-- Art

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#6 posted 01-01-2013 12:04 AM

Really nice job!

I make A&C furniture as my pastime. I think you’ll really like the look of quarter sawn white oak. Some people use cherry as well..

-- Wag more, bark less.

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#7 posted 01-01-2013 03:21 AM

To: A and C style:
Thank you for your kind words, I made mortises with floating tenons using a jig that Lon Schleining designed. I found the instructions for the jig design in Fine Woodworking archives. I cannot give you an accurate number for the hours spent for the pair of chairs. I made jigs as I went, I had to make the side rails twice due to cutting the arches incorrectly. etc.. Now that I am through the “prototype” stage I am sure that the process will be a little quicker on subsequent chairs. Another Lumberjock contributor, Pintodeluxe, made these chairs and he estimated approximately 40 hours per chair. I believe that would be accurate.

For the next grouping of chairs I will use quartersawn lumber. White Oak for one son and Red Oak for the other.

Good luck! this is a fun project.

-- Keith - Iowa

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#8 posted 01-01-2013 02:13 PM

Wow! They are lookin good. You’ve got your work cut out for yourself.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 01-02-2013 07:47 PM

Great job on those chairs!

-- "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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#10 posted 01-03-2013 07:06 PM

Great looking chairs! I tried making them once a couple of years ago…and failed. Above my skill level at that time. May try them this winter.

-- Jeremy - Marshfield, WI

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#11 posted 03-19-2013 05:41 PM

I’m making some addition sidechairs that my wife wants to match our dining room set and I’m a little skitterish about mortising on the curves of the back rail. I really don’t want to butcher those nice [cheap ;>)] pieces of 2” white oak. Yours look great. Any suggestions?

-- RonKl - New Jersey

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#12 posted 03-20-2013 03:55 PM

Thank you for posting. Subsequent to making the first two chairs, I made a template and used a plunge router with a collar to make the mortises. There is another post on lumberjocks from Grand_Doodie who posted a step by step blog as he made the chairs. I like his technique, but if you have a mortising machine, I would use that in lieu of cutting the mortises by hand. His blog can be found at

-- Keith - Iowa

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