Dining Room Chairs

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Project by TampaMark posted 02-05-2013 at 07:40 PM 1296 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The original plan was to make six cherry dining room chairs to complement a table I had made the previous year. My first problem was that I already had a set of four chairs that worked perfectly fine (even if they weren’t the most stylish chairs). My second problem was the complexity of the design (at least for me, anyway) that I chose for the backs of the chairs. This was the project that I gladly put down to work on any other project that I could find. Finally, after about a year after starting, I finished four chairs and have pieces for two additional chairs cut awaiting sanding and assembly. I figure they will get done sometime this year (unless I find other projects that are less time-consuming).

-- -- Mark (maker of high-grade kindling)

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 at 07:42 PM

I love the design of the chair backs! Looks like it was well worth the effort.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 at 08:26 PM

Very nice!

Chairs are a lot of work. I used to think they were expensive to buy since there isn’t much material involved. Now I think they’re cheap to buy!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 at 10:29 PM

Nice looking chair. Chairs still intimidate me. Maybe someday I’ll work up the courage to try one.

-- Ted

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 at 02:31 AM

Looks like really nice work.

-- 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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#5 posted 02-06-2013 at 03:50 AM

These are wonderful! I’m with Ted78…I don’t think I’m ready for chairs just yet. One of these days!

-- Robb

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 at 07:11 AM

great looking chair

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 at 07:14 AM

Great looking chair…..Well done

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

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#8 posted 02-06-2013 at 09:42 AM

They look nice!! How many hours would you estimate per chair??

-- Wood glue residue doesn't take a stain well.

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#9 posted 02-06-2013 at 11:29 AM

I like the double lower stretchers. Nice work on these chairs. Dining chairs probably take longer than any other project because of the number of parts. I have made 14 so far, and my son just asked for one in his room. Luckily I have enough spare parts milled for one more chair!

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

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#10 posted 02-06-2013 at 11:37 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. MBS – I agree. I usually look at wood products and think “I’m not paying that. iI could make that.” Chairs now look like more of a bargain to me too. Don – Tough to estimate the time since it took more than a year to complete. I milled all the parts for the six chairs at the same time. I sanded and assembled one at a time. My guess is probably 10 hours per chair, but that is just a guess. I did learn some new techniques making the chairs. The top and bottom pieces on the back were steam bent to provide a slight curve for comfort. That was my first attempt at bending wood and it was easier than I expected. Made for some interesting angled tenons on the ends, however.

-- -- Mark (maker of high-grade kindling)

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#11 posted 02-07-2013 at 07:13 AM

Looks great, sturdy and comfy. Like the design and the wood choice.

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#12 posted 05-31-2013 at 12:34 AM

Looks really nice.Dining room chairs are just one of the items of furniture that gives a visually appealing look to your room.The dining room chairs should be comfortable as well as beautiful and functional.

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