Atomik No. 1 Pine Chair

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Project by Dan posted 03-05-2013 06:19 PM 1864 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Everybody,

Lately, while perusing the ‘net, I’ve become slightly infatuated with WhyrHymer and the work that Brandon Morrison is doing. So, all credit to him for the design. “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” or something like that.

My wife and I have a guest bedroom that doubles as an office. Along with the extra bed, we have a small computer desk. For awhile now, we have been using one of our dining table chairs at our computer desk.
This is awkward when the family comes over for dinner and my brother’s wife has to eat at the computer desk while everyone else is in the dining room. So I decided I needed a new chair.

WhyrHymer has a collection called the Atomik Series and this chair is part of that collection. I couldn’t see myself paying $1250 for the chair, so I decided to attempt to make my own version. Mine is nowhere as nice as his, but I’m pretty happy with it.

Joinery is all dowels and glue. The fellow at WhyrHymer uses an exposed tenon joint for the frame and backrests and I guess hidden dowels for the seat slats, but I’m not sure. I took the easier route because I wanted to finish this in one afternoon. My seat slats aren’t near as elegant, but again, I wanted to do this quickly and I’m still working on accumulating a collection of nice tools and still only have the basics.

This is just my second chair, and I wasn’t confident enough in myself to pull the trigger on some good wood, so I used “select pine” and poplar dowels from the local big box store. Total materials = $25.

For now, the chair is just sealed with a clear dewaxed shellac, and I kind of like it like it is. I may not do anything else to it but sit in it. It’s perfect size and height for the computer desk. I wish it was darker, but that’s what I get for going with pine, and I’m not a fan of the amber shellac commonly used on pine.

Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by!

Quick Update: Last night, on an impulse, I decided to paint (I know, I know…but this is pine. This is not fine wood and this is not fine woodworking). The chair, although nice, just simply did not match the desk in color. The desk is kind of an espresso colored or mahogany colored veneer on particle board type from a well known super mart type establishment (Don’t get me started).

-- Dear God, Thank You for wood putty...Amen.

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 07:09 PM

very slick

-- Joel

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 08:14 PM

ack, those angles are making my head hurt even thinking about trying to lay this out. Nice work.

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#3 posted 03-05-2013 10:04 PM

very nice! Not a bad afternoon!

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#4 posted 03-05-2013 10:48 PM

WOW! Nice looking chair and the angles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 03-06-2013 01:30 AM

Really like it, very nice!

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 01:45 AM

Thanks for the kind words!

-- Dear God, Thank You for wood putty...Amen.

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#7 posted 03-06-2013 03:13 AM

Is it comfortable?

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#8 posted 03-06-2013 11:49 AM

How’s you manage the curved back in one afternoon?

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#9 posted 03-06-2013 12:01 PM

Sweet – I like it. Pine is not way up there on my list, but I know your fear of buying good wood. Keep checking around and you can find cheaper wood in the weirdest places. Keep an eye on Craigslist too.

Love the design – thanks for the link.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 03-06-2013 02:48 PM

Thanks Everybody! It is surprisingly comfortable. The seat is angled down and to the back as well as slightly contoured. The backrests are just high enough to support your lower back when you lean back. It’s a good desk chair, but it’s not a lounge chair or anything. The backrests aren’t too complicated. They aren’t bent wood or laminated, I just used a 2×6 and cut out the curved design with my bandsaw.

-- Dear God, Thank You for wood putty...Amen.

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#11 posted 03-06-2013 03:05 PM

great looking chair.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 03-06-2013 05:12 PM

You did this in one afternoon…amazing

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#13 posted 03-06-2013 05:17 PM

Very nice Dan, I hope you used at least one of those finely sharpened planes you have… :-)

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#14 posted 03-06-2013 05:29 PM

Ha! What’s a plane?

-- Dear God, Thank You for wood putty...Amen.

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#15 posted 03-06-2013 09:40 PM

Hey Dan,

It’s Brandon from whyrHymer! Thank you for posting this and especially your admiration of my work. I saw that I had a lot of referrals to my website from Lumberjocks and I found the source. Well done for an honest days worth of work. Anytime you have a question feel free to email me.

Take care.

-- motorhawg

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