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05-10-2011 05:37 PM

• So what tools would I need to make these? (I found the feet online-but need the rest)
• How would you add the cane? I’m thinking I just would want the cane on the sides not the back.

Thanks in advance.!!

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 05:48 PM

You will need a band saw, some carving chisels and a lot of skill. You will also need some sanders and a way to cut mortises and tenons. With respect to the mortise and tenons there are several options. I would probably use a router and a jig for cutting mortises and I would use loose tenons.

Can’t help you on the caning.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 11:37 PM

looks like a lathe for the back/top rail; a band saw (plus the obvious table saw, jointer &planer)
joints likely mortice and tenon so you need some way to do those
not too difficult as far as chairs go… realizing that chairs are not generally easy per se. There are several good books available for general chairbuilding techniques.
I recently finished a set of 10 dining chairs as my initiation into chairbuilding – I would not recommend that approach!!!


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#3 posted 05-10-2011 11:39 PM

I should have also said that is a gorgeous chair! good luck…
also you will probably want a professional to make those cushions.

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#4 posted 05-10-2011 11:54 PM

If just making a few, a bandsaw, a jointer, and a planer will be
useful to you for squaring the parts and cutting the curves. You’ll
need some carving tools, rasps and files for shaping the parts. A
router and a few bits will come in handy.

You’ll need to do the joints in some way. Get set up for dowels
or mortise and tenon.

The cane work is done with sheet cane, which is cheap, held
in place by splines pounded into router channels. Just like a
window screen, really.

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#5 posted 05-10-2011 11:57 PM

I never get tired of Loren’s comments:) I’d add a lathe to his list for the front feet, unless you want to tackle them with a rasp! :) That’s really an exceptionally cool chair and I usually don’t like cane work. Loren’s right as usual, though, make it!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 05-10-2011 11:58 PM

I am not sure that I have ever seen the exact plans for a chair like this. I might start with a similar design and try to modify it to fit.

The attached plan, for purchase, is for a Morris Type Chair which is structurally similar in some respects:

Norm did a cigar chair episode, which is also similar:

A free plan can be found at:

An overview of caning can be found here:

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#7 posted 05-11-2011 12:01 AM

^the above is why Lumberjocks rules.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 05-11-2011 05:25 AM

That’s a nice chair, the LJs above pretty much covered the tools that you’ll need to build one.
There is a fellow on this site know for his nice chair designs. Type in Scott Morrison in the search box and look on his home page. He also has a website. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one on Lumberjocks that he inspires with his work.
BTW, Has you cruz around the site looking at other projects if you see a particular LJ’s projects you like, that’s what the buddies list is for. If they are on your list when they have a new post it’ll show up in your email.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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