Chair building-What tools do I really need?

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Forum topic by KenBry posted 10-24-2011 08:31 PM 3416 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2011 08:31 PM

I would like to build 6 dinning chairs and 3 matching bar stools. (Note that I said “would Like to”). Well, I have looked at dozens of chairs. I will be doing some fairly basic designs considering my skills are average at best.

I am pretty certain I can accomplish it and I plan on building a sample chair out of Pine so I can gage what I will need and get a good design nailed down.

But for the most part, what would you folks say are required for tools (power and hand) to build 9 chairs?

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 09:39 PM

For me, it would be a credit card or checkbook. I’ve tried making chairs with little success. I can make them solid and sturdy, but comfortable escapes me. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#2 posted 10-25-2011 12:40 AM

I plan to hand Mortise where and when I can. I have access to a huge Wood shop if I need to utilize bigger better than what I have at home. I guess I should narrow things down. Do you think a band saw is an essential tool for these? It looks to me like I will need one but am wondering if there are techniques that allow you to build and cut back legs without it.

From what I see the back legs are allot of special cuts which I am absolutly clueless on.

I do plan on buying a good book on chair building, so if you have any suggestions I am interested in some titles.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#3 posted 10-25-2011 12:52 AM

Most books on chairmaking cover windsor chairs or relatively rustic
styles of chairs. I’ve only seen a couple that cover fine dining chairs
in any realistic depth. You’ll need to get specific about what style
of chair you want to build.

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#4 posted 10-26-2011 08:42 AM

As far as books, good place to start is the library.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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