Rodel Chairs

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Project by AandCstyle posted 05-23-2013 06:27 PM 2577 views 20 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These chairs were designed by Kevin Rodel and you may have seen them made by some other people here on LJs, but these are my version. Normally, I design my projects myself, but since I had never made a chair previously, I thought it best to work to a plan this time.

First and foremost, I wish to thank Grampa (Dale) Doodie for his 10 part class on making these chairs. The pictures and his explanations were most helpful. Furthermore, he always responded to my questions quickly and was an invaluable resource. Thank you, Dale! I also want to thank a few other LJs for encouraging me to try my hand at making chairs in the first place. Even though I only made 4 of them, this is a significant undertaking. I have a lot more respect for chairmakers now.

I choose to use qswo since I am a traditionalist and because I like the look of it. Also, these chairs were made to match the table I made for my daughter, SIL and 2 grand daughters. I regret the amount of wood that I wasted. Some of that is due to the design of the chairs but mostly it was due to my learning experiences. I estimate about half of what I bought went into the scrap pile.

I will be happy to answer any questions and thank you for looking.

-- Art

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#1 posted 05-23-2013 06:31 PM

Wow Art, these look fantastic!
I like to design my own furniture too, but I don’t think we can do any better than the Rodel chairs.
I wholeheartedly approve of the wood type, color, and upholstery choices you made.

Can you share the finish you used, it looks great.
Nice, nice, nice!
I can’t say enough.
Instant favorite.

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

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#2 posted 05-23-2013 07:50 PM

I completely agree with PintoDeluxe Art. Very nice job indeed. Wow!! You should be very proud and very happy with the outcome. I know how challenging these chairs can be…so kudos!!

You sure knocked the finishing job “out of the park” too. Gorgeous!!

Plus, thanks for the kind comments.

Gramps. (Dale.)

-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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#3 posted 05-23-2013 08:35 PM

Excellent work art ,as your always is. Very impressive chairs.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 05-23-2013 08:49 PM

Thank you both for the compliments. The chairs are not anyplace close to perfect from an execution standpoint, but I can’t tell you how much I learned in the process.

The finish is easy:
Spray with EM1000/Dist water/Honey Amber TransTint dye in the ratio 1oz/1oz/1ml
Lightly scuff sand w/400G
Wipe on Dark Mission Brown TT dye in the ratio 1oz/16oz distilled water
Spray 2 coats EM6000 (I need to add 5% SA5 retarder because I am in the desert and the RH was about 40%)
Very lightly sand w/600G
Spray 1 coat EM6000

-- Art

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#5 posted 05-23-2013 09:22 PM

Great looking Arts & Crafts chairs!

I’m seriously thinking about making a few of these myself, so I’m going to check out the class you recommened!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 11:12 PM

Wow. These chairs are great. That looks like a lot of work. Kudos!

-- Marcos, California

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#7 posted 05-23-2013 11:35 PM

Nice, nice, nice. You do great work. I really like these.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 05-24-2013 12:00 AM

Again, thanks for the compliments. The chairs took me about 2 1/2 months from start to finish. It got to be kind of tedious toward the end assembling, checking the fit, sneaking up on the next cut and assembling again. Sanding the stretchers was the worst because of all the surfaces. On the bright side, the finishing was (mostly) a breeze. :)

-- Art

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#9 posted 05-24-2013 02:15 AM

My good man Art;

You stated that the chairs are not “close to perfect” but I would firmly disagree with you…..You built those chairs with your two hands from a raw piece of wood to a beautiful pieces of art that will be on display for hundreds of years. Those chairs are beautiful!!! You should be very proud!!

Thanks for sharing


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#10 posted 05-24-2013 02:21 AM

Those are fantastic. Are a few arm chairs in the plans down the road ? :)

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#11 posted 05-24-2013 03:05 AM

Incredible work.

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#12 posted 05-24-2013 03:53 AM

These are great looking chairs. Its a great looking design and the QSWO and the finish look great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 05-24-2013 03:12 PM

Very impressive—great looking chairs!

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

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#14 posted 05-24-2013 03:46 PM

+1 on these comments. You have reached out in to a new area and “bravely gone where no Art has gone before”
Congrats on the chairs, they are beautiful indeed and congrats on the new skills you aquired too.
you are fast becoming the finishing guru …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#15 posted 05-24-2013 04:45 PM

These are wonderful chairs. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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