Arts and Crafts Library Chair

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Project by pintodeluxe posted 04-20-2013 07:01 AM 2563 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an arts and crafts style library chair that I designed. My son Caden and I built it as a study chair for his room. It differs from my dining chairs by featuring arched side rails, instead of side slats.
The lumber is quartersawn white oak that I buy locally and dry myself. The finish is Transtint Brown Mohogany dye, followed by Varathane Dark Walnut stain, and topcoated with sprayed lacquer. I buffed it out with Howards Walnut wax and #0000 steel wool. The finish is based on Jeff Jewitt’s original arts and crafts finish for a dictionary stand featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine.
More finishing information and sample color board can be found here…

The upholstery is goat leather stretched over 2” foam and high-loft Dacron. Goat leather was selected because it is supple, yet amazingly strong. I was able to source it locally, and interestingly goat leather was the variety preferred by Gustav Stickley for his chairs.
The two-part construction blog is here…


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

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#1 posted 04-20-2013 07:44 AM

Great looking chair…. Love the style, well done…....

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

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#2 posted 04-20-2013 12:09 PM

Very nicely done. Great detail!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 04-20-2013 03:51 PM

very nice chair. Nice subtle details like the square plugs. Thanks for inlcuding the link to your stain colour pallet. I am always looking for information on how to improve the finish of my projects.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#4 posted 04-20-2013 03:54 PM

Very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 04-20-2013 03:56 PM

Simply elegant! I would love to see your house full of all these A&C projects.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 04-20-2013 06:51 PM

Very sharp as always. We just need to bite the bullet and buy bungalows to house all our A&C furniture;-)

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#7 posted 04-20-2013 11:23 PM

You are a very talented woodworker and, even better, you are able to share your knowledge and skills with an eager assistant. Well done on both counts.

-- Art

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#8 posted 04-21-2013 12:24 AM

Very nice, added to my favorites.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#9 posted 04-21-2013 06:51 AM

Thanks for all the great comments, it was a fun project with my son.

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

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#10 posted 04-21-2013 12:30 PM

Love it!!! Gorgeous work as always.

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#11 posted 12-16-2013 06:23 PM

wow.. ive been looking at all of your chairs and i love them all..nice work

-- "the hard jobs will take a while..the impossible will take a bit longer"

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