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Forum topic by scottishbob posted 01-05-2014 09:23 PM 1239 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2014 09:23 PM

Hi guys
Can anyone help me with the construction of the back of this chair and best how to fit/attach the upholstery panel.

I have been searching for a elegant dining chair for some time now and my wife is set on these ones, which are very expensive.
I just want to get to grips on how best to go about it before i breakout any timber or start making jigs/templates.

The back panel looks to be fitted flush with the back legs, but i reckon you would see the edge on the side of the back legs which wont look very nice ! I was thinking i should insert the back into a groove in the legs and top rail (that maybe a bit easier)?. but really stuck on how to insert the upholstered panel. If anyone has any tips on upholstery that would be appreciated also .

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 09:51 PM

Velcro. Snaps.

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 10:04 PM

As Loren says, Velcro or snaps would work and give you a way to re-upholster later on. Velcro might gie way as time goes on. The trick with snaps might be getting good alignment.

Are you planning to make 5 separate panels? That might be easier than one curved one…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 10:15 PM

You can buy higher grade velcro. I’ve used some stuff that
grabs real securely. It is used to attach grills to loudspeakers
often enough. Check out some guitar amplifiers in a
music store and you’ll probably find that a little bit of
the good Velcro is pretty sticky.

I would rabbet the front, drop a veneered back panel in
there and screw it down, then put the Velcro on that.

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 05:54 AM

I’ll give you the same cushy answer ... so I go with industrial strength Velcro.

I have some of that 2” wide and it is strong.

I recovered some bar stools but there I had the previous panels to staple into.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 08:53 PM

thanks guys @ loren, like that idea for the rabbet
cheers bob

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 01:36 PM

Hi, When I made new chairs, for the seats I recessed them into rabbit I cut in to the chair frame. I currently do not have them fastened into the chairs, Just a friction fit. I have never had one come loose…..but we are sitting on them. Maybe a combination of friction fit and a few dabs of hot glue. I am sure that will be a challenging project, good luck.

-- Rob V

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