Walnut Dining Room Set

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Project by Jeff Tobert posted 03-16-2013 04:23 PM 6302 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while ago, I made a dining room table for a couple out of solid walnut shown here:
These are the chairs that I made to go with the table. They are made of solid walnut, and again this couple was not interested in eliminating the walnut sap wood, so they look a little rustic. Fairly simple design, curved back leg, curved back slats, wooden seats with contours. The first two pictures are of the whole set in the couple’s dining room. The next 4 sort of detail the process at different stages. Making 6 chairs is quite a production. Lots of operations to do and lots of parts to make at each operation. The most challenging aspect of these chairs was the contours on the seats. I used a Lee Valley pull shave and an angle grinder with a 40 grit flap wheel to do most of the roughing out most of the waste. It was a messy and time consuming process, but worth it.
Here are some additional pictures:

Feel free to critique, comment and give feedback.

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 04:53 PM

Nice solid, functional table and chairs. The beauty of solid walnut is more than enough. As for other comments, your shop sure is clean !

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 04:59 PM

Man that walnut looks great. Is that a difficult wood to work with?

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#3 posted 03-16-2013 05:23 PM

I’ll keep my comment simple…. IMPRESSIVE!!!! From the table to the chairs! Great Job!

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#4 posted 03-16-2013 05:28 PM

Great job I have done a couple of tables that I am very pleased with but I have never built a chair that I was happy with you seem to have it down pat. Sure would like your plans if you went by one.

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#5 posted 03-16-2013 05:34 PM

Wow! I love the walnut and all the curves you used. Thanks for including pictures of the process.

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#6 posted 03-16-2013 06:01 PM

Very nice ,impressive work.

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#7 posted 03-16-2013 06:25 PM

+2 on sprucegum,they all look excellent.
i like building a table but the chairs are a different story!!!

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#8 posted 03-16-2013 08:38 PM

very nice looks like a lot of work

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#9 posted 03-16-2013 10:47 PM

This is very impressive. Good job.

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#10 posted 03-16-2013 11:45 PM

Wow! Very beautiful build. Walnut is sure a beautiful wood to work with.

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#11 posted 03-17-2013 12:13 AM

really good job – thanks for sharing
i think i would have to start 12 to get 6

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#12 posted 03-17-2013 12:59 AM

Those chairs turned out just super. And a perfect complement to the way cool table!

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#13 posted 03-17-2013 02:31 AM

Jerbone, Walnut is a great wood to work with. It machines, planes, sands, glues just beautifully.

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#14 posted 03-17-2013 02:35 AM

Sprucegum, I make my own plans based on what my clients want. I use Sketchup to model the project in 3D and produce scale diagrams.

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#15 posted 03-17-2013 03:22 AM


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