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Monte Pittman

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12-06-2012 02:49 AM

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I am looking for plans for dining chairs that are not upholstered and someone of roughly intermediate skill level can make.

Suggestions would be appreciated.

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


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#1 posted 12-06-2012 03:17 AM

They are a little heavy but I have made several that are the same as my benches with the supports 16” apart & a 22” seat & back. They are nice but heavy.

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 03:29 AM

Stock up on some maple of varying cuts. You’ll need some 8/4 that’s at least 8” wide for legs. 4/4 for seats, and if you have a lathe, maybe turn some dowels for the back. If you like dark wood, walnut.
Local sawyers can be found for all this stuff and it’s about as expensive as good cedar at a BB store which is to say it’s pretty darn cheap.

As for design, you might get some idea’s here; http://www.custommade.com/gallery/custom-chairs/

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 03:35 AM

Are you willing to go with turned components?

I have several books on chairmaking and generally they
neglect the elegant dining chair and emphasize traditional
variants on Windsor, ladderback, Shaker and so forth.

The best book I’ve found on elegant mortise and tenon
chairs with no turned parts is Jeff Miller’s book. The
designs are mostly pedagogic however. The newer
edition may be better.

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 03:38 AM

At this point in time, I do not have a lathe.

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

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#5 posted 12-06-2012 03:42 AM

Mark Ripley’s book “Making Furniture: Projects and Plans”
has 4 chair designs that are not lame in it. Emphasis on
wedged mortise and tenon construction. Nice chairs
actually.

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#6 posted 12-06-2012 04:00 AM

If you are good at redesigning from an image I would suggest this one. Not sure if its your style or not. I dont think there are any plans but you could ask fellow lumberjock OttoSchmitz as he is the one who made it…

Link to his project:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/72033

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#7 posted 12-06-2012 12:15 PM

Put the ole search engine to work, and type in what you’re lookin for. You’ll find a ba-zillion ways to do what you want.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#8 posted 12-06-2012 12:18 PM

Roger, I am trying to avoid going through all ba-zillion of them. :-)

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

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#9 posted 12-06-2012 12:23 PM

Monte i been looking too and i like this one somewhat ,http://lumberjocks.com/projects/6185 i think finewoodworking has the plans ,,but i like JBS chair too going to chech it out also , google sketch up has some too

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