|Project by Dan||posted 03-05-2013 06:19 PM||1864 views||12 times favorited||17 comments|
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.