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Project by Mikesawdust posted 131 days ago 1660 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a test build for an upcoming project, I found several things to change on the real build. I barrowed the design from one I saw on lumberjocks, the search doesn’t work so I can’t give credit to the original-sorry.
1. Front legs are spread to 3 degrees to each side, but needed a forward tilt as well
2. The rear leg is decent but I am making the next one 4” wider at the base and flaring the top
3. I curved the back leg by hogging the material then sanding, I’ve decided to cove it out and then shape it
4. The foot rest is too narrow. the next one will be forward of the legs to give wider foot rest
5. The dovetails really didn’t add strength, going with a straight tenon next time

Materials: Mahaghany, maple and purple heart plugs

Oh well this one really looks great at my workbench:)





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The Box Whisperer

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#1 posted 131 days ago

Pretty slick, I love the contrast in the dovetails. Nicely done.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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MarkTheFiddler

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#2 posted 130 days ago

Beautiful job. The joinery is oustanding.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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SoonerFanJerry

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#3 posted 130 days ago

Wow! Beautiful build.

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MisterBill

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#4 posted 130 days ago

The dovetail joints may not add any strength but they sure add a lot of visual interest!!

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 130 days ago

Very cool!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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gsimon

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#6 posted 130 days ago

nice job! – this looks like it was fun to do

-- Greg Simon

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 130 days ago

Beautiful work!

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Rob Drown

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#8 posted 130 days ago

wow a different chair. Very very cool!!! Nice design, superb execution!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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Henndoe

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#9 posted 130 days ago

Think you should keep the dovetails they look great and i would think they are definately stronger than just tennons

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 130 days ago

A most unique design and a very good build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mikesawdust

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#11 posted 130 days ago

I’ve decided to keep the dovetails on the front legs but shift them to the front face. This should make them much easier to get a tight fit. M major problem with them was with the leg tilted outward, I was trying to chisel into the grain causing tear out where it wanted to split. I started the new build today, finger crossed.

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SCOTSMAN

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#12 posted 130 days ago

Yes I too love the dovetails and have to say that you are very honest with your self criticism.I reckon it looks very nice but then when I read about your missgiving, apart from the dovetails LOL, I can now really see where your coming from.
I think this idea of making one, then being persistant enough to use it as a still very sweet, and useable template, for a better more improved version two.I look forward to seeing your new version and praise you highly for sharing your lovely work and intelligent design ideas . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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hoss12992

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#13 posted 130 days ago

Great job. Love the design and looking forward to seeing the next chair with the improvements

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aloeto

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#14 posted 129 days ago

Very nice.
I liked the joints.

REgards
Gerardo

-- Gerardo from Argentina.

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majuvla

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#15 posted 128 days ago

Verry original design. Joints look great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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