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Project by gizmodyne posted 2591 days ago 5933 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first succesful furniture project circa early 2003. It is directly from the book Getting Started in Woodworking

I built the chair from redwood decking material and finished it with tung oil. The joints are all countersunk screws and epoxy glue hidden with tapered plugs.

I had not considered grain direction at this time so the slats are an unpleasant mix of vertical and cathedral grain. Live and learn.

The design flaw in this chair is the attachment of the arms, which are screwed into the endgrain of the vertical supports.

This chair is masculine and comfortable for a big guy like me. So it works function-wise.

The original chair from which this is based can be seen at http://www.moma.org/ecards/write_ecard.php?object_id=4044

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne





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Max

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#1 posted 2591 days ago

This is a nice looking modern piece. I like the redwood, it should last a long time.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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gizmodyne

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#2 posted 2591 days ago

I hope so, it is ready for a little cleaning/refinishing as it stands.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Don

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#3 posted 2591 days ago

Gizmo, nice work!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 2590 days ago

Stylish

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scottb

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#5 posted 2590 days ago

Looks nice, it still works, and you learned from the project. Starting out with a chair, Bravo!

Did the book really have you screw down into endgrain? If the arms weaken, you can drill out the screws, and put wood plugs into the verticals (from the side), then screw through those, giving youself some long grain to screw into (just as some people will use attaching breadboard ends to tables.)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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BassBully

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#6 posted 2590 days ago

I like the large arm rests. It looks like a chair you could take a nap in.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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dennis mitchell

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#7 posted 2590 days ago

Just get bigger screws!

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Bill

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#8 posted 2590 days ago

A good looking chair Giz. It reminds me of the pre-Adirondack furniture (I forgot what they were called).

If you paint it no one will know which way the grain is..hahaha kidding. Leave it just like it is, but maybe apply something to protect it.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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gizmodyne

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#9 posted 2590 days ago

I like the idea of screwing through dowels, but I will probably just add a cleat to the side under the arm. Kind of like a glue block.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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oscorner

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#10 posted 2590 days ago

Nice looking chair. Next time, maybe you could use dowels to attach the arms to the vertical supports. This would add some strength, otherwise you could make tenons on the ends of the supports and make mortises in the arms.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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WayneC

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#11 posted 2573 days ago

Thanks for posting this. I’m hoping to make a pair of chairs for my patio this summer. This looks like it would fit the bill. How thick was the Redwood you used?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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gizmodyne

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#12 posted 2573 days ago

Wayne…. Most of the wood is standard decking. It runs around 5/8” for the “flat” pieces and 2×2’s for the “squares”. THe plans are in the book I mentioned. It is really a comfortable chair… I think it would make a great indoor chair if made from mahogany…. Hmmm..

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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WayneC

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#13 posted 2573 days ago

Thanks, I will add the book to my list.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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tenontim

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#14 posted 2230 days ago

This is a nice looking chair. The Gerrit Rietveld furniture is pretty wild. I like this one better.

-- Tim

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gizmodyne

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#15 posted 2230 days ago

Thanks. Tim? I like modern art myself.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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