Child Chair(s)

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Project by lew posted 08-29-2013 08:24 PM 1435 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, I posted a compound angle drilling jig to assist in making a small chair for the neighbors daughter.
Well the chair was completed, delivered and as expected she requested a second one. It sure would have been easier to make them both at the same time but…

The chairs were made from poplar and left unfinished as she was going to have her daughters paint them. All of the spindles were turned without the aid of a duplicator. The small red chair belonged to my Dad, when he was little, and I used it as a pattern to scale up the size for the ones I made.

The chair seat is about 14” high. 14 spindles, 24 holes (all but 4 at compound angles). Not sure if chair building is my thing.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 08:32 PM

WELL LEW THIS I KNOW…WHATEVER YOU TAKE ON TO BUILD IS SPOT ON PERFECT, YOUR A HUMBLE AND MODEST MAN, AND I KNOW THESE CHAIRS YOU MADE WILL BE FAMILY HEIRLOOMS FOR THESE PEOPLE…sorry for the capitols, not yelling…these are spot on. great work lew, i just came home from the farmers market, have a really nice watermelon and some great tomato’s come on over for awhile, we can have a seed spitting contest…lol…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 08:33 PM

super impressive!

-- John - Central PA -

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 09:07 PM

Great chairs, looks like you got all those compound angles perfect.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 08-29-2013 09:25 PM

lew, you have forgotten more about chair building then I’ll ever know !
The whole thing came out just right !

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#5 posted 08-29-2013 11:22 PM

Lew great job. You were right a second one Huh!

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 08-29-2013 11:59 PM

Very nice!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 08-30-2013 12:44 AM

That is so cool.
What a wonderful build.
I am humbled.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 08-30-2013 01:50 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 08-30-2013 03:19 AM

Very, very nicely done Lew…
It might not be your thing,
but you sure enough got the Skills my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 08-30-2013 03:47 AM

Man that would be tough…and then to do it all over again…turned out nice!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 08-30-2013 08:01 AM

Really wonderful work on this chair Lew. Working with those compound angles and replicating turned parts isn’t as much fun as the freedom of turning a single item where you can do what you want, but you have created an heirloom that will likely be used a lot and become part of someones daily life and eventually their fond memories. Not such a bad trade off.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 08-30-2013 11:38 AM

Outstanding, Lew! Wow! Mini & Maxi. Looks like a gr8 build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 08-30-2013 01:21 PM

looks good ,Lew, chairs are one of the hardest of furniture projects to do right, you did right.

-- Smitty!!!

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#14 posted 08-30-2013 09:19 PM

Lew, both of these chairs are very impressive. Your spindle work is nothing less than stellar. Thanks for posting the pics of the final project.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#15 posted 08-30-2013 11:54 PM

Bob- Thanks! Gosh, I’m blushing!!

John- Thank You!

Jeremy- Thanks! Not quite perfect but I’m learning.

Eric- Thanks! At my age I’m forgetting lots of things!

Karson- Thanks! Yep, guessed this one correctly!

Jay- Thank You!

Steve- Thank You! That compliment really made my day!

Hoss- Thank You!

Mike- Thanks! I wish I could build boxes and hinges like you!

Matt- Thanks! I think folks must believe these things just magically appear!

Mike- Thank You! I hope these will last as long as my Dads did. Maybe someday the little girls will give them to their own children.

Roger- Thanks!

Smitty- Thanks! It sure was a learning experience for me!

Mike- Thanks! A closer look will uncover multitude of differences between each “identical” piece!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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