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Project by jason posted 03-13-2014 10:24 AM 1159 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make a children’s table and chairs for a co-worker, only she wanted a round top. Found plans on Ana White, which i modified a bit. Joined 4 1×12 poplar boards and made a router cutting jig to cut the circle (38in diameter).
The chair design is something i saw for sale somewhere and i tried to copy it(http://www.customcottage.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/chairfront1.jpg). Those are made out of pine. The slope of the back is at 8 degrees.
Everything got stained with chestnut gel stain and then 3 coats of the water based polyacrylic.

-- Jason, Michigan





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Wood Studios

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 01:15 PM

For a beginning woodworker, your work is very nice. It appears that you have already mastered some advanced woodworking skills so I would expect you will be able to tackle projects that you never imagined you could complete in just a short time. Your co-worker will end up with a one of a kind table and chairs which always makes custom furniture special.

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short!!

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 03:27 PM

Looks very well done. How did you like the gel stain? I am real so-so on it.

Nice chairs. That style is somewhat taken from George Nakashima’s chairs. He’s my hero, I love them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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jason

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 05:34 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I liked the gel stain. Finishing is my least favorite thing to do and i’ve heard poplar can be tricky to stain. I read an article in popular woodworking that said gel stain was ideal for poplar as you don’t need the pre-treatment. I thought it was easy to use and was not blotchy. I think i’ll stick with it.

-- Jason, Michigan

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 06:36 PM

Great work.
Your chair design is similar to one I used for children’s chairs only I made the seat height adjustable. Pictures and drawings are posted on my projects page. I found a 10 degree slant on the chair backs to be the best in most cases.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 08:56 PM

I’ve never bothered with stain on poplar because of conventional wisdom, but that top looks great.

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 12:40 AM

Great looking table! I too like gel stain on poplar.

-- Dean

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TheQueTip

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 01:46 AM

Nice job Jason. Your project turned out nice. I can’t tell from the pictures but are the rear chair legs half lapped into the seat supports or side butted? I have a 17 year old son that is hard on furniture (actually, he is hard on anything he touches… go imagine) I would be afraid that the seat would not hold up to his abuse if they were side butted.

Luckily (for you), my son will not be sitting on the chairs.:-)

Thanks for sharing with us.

Chris

-- TheQueTip, Round Rock Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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Rick

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 03:33 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done. Thanks for Sharing.

Rick

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 03:32 PM

Really cool design!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 03-20-2014 01:48 PM

Great looking set! Cool design and very well executed. Like the awesome joints and great finish. Excellent job!

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