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Offline gearhound

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My 1st ever chair build
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:32 PM »
I learned a ton building this guy and can’t wait to build another chair after completing this one!

Huge thanks to everyone in the how-to forum for answering a bunch of my questions along the way! Biggest challenge was developing a good technique to cut the domino mortises needed to attach the seat to the chair legs.

« Last Edit: March 04, 2019, 09:36 PM by gearhound »

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Offline Don T

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 09:54 PM »
Looks very nice. Clean lines.
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Offline SoonerFan

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 10:01 PM »
@gearhound that is a really great looking chair.  By based on the design and quality it looks like you have been building furniture for a long time.  Well done!

Offline ScotF

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2019, 12:09 AM »
Very nice piece of furniture! Well done!!

Offline Rob-GB

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2019, 09:18 AM »
The design reminds me of a steel chair I saw some time ago, possibly a Scandinavian design, but I much prefer the black walnut aesthetics and warmth. Cracking first chair  [thumbs up] and thanks for sharing it with us.
Rob.

Offline neilc

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2019, 01:04 PM »
 Very nice design and build.  Walnut is such a beautiful wood!

Would love to see the plans if they were available.


Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2019, 01:53 PM »
Outstanding, especially for a first chair!

The craftsmanship is spot on.  I especially like the way you mitered longer boards for the side leg assemblies - beautiful continuity of the figure in the wood.

I am a bit concerned though, that the pieces sticking out from the front of the seat assembly may prove to be uncomfortable.  Hope I'm wrong.

Congratulations on a great piece!

Offline RKA

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2019, 03:37 PM »
You did a stunning job with this, I love it!  And thanks for sharing that tidbit about marking out the mortises.  It was so simple too...I filed that one away in the back of my brain (hopefully it doesn't get lost like so many other things).
-Raj

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2019, 04:06 PM »
It really turned out nice. And it was a pleasure to partake in the process. :)


...even though I was just passively following along.

Offline mcooley

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2019, 05:43 PM »
Nice job. I like the way the seat is cradled and gives a floating like feel. I own this Jerry Johnson sling chair below. It is a fun design. Yours has good implied movement etc. 


Offline Cheese

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2019, 09:32 AM »
Nice build...very nice build. [big grin]

I'm assuming it will have cushions, what material/color did you choose?

Are you making them also?


Offline Peter Parfitt

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2019, 01:33 PM »
Hi @gearhound

That is a really beautiful piece of work and something for you to be proud of for ever. I love the walnut that you have chosen, the design is very elegant and you have really demonstrated fantastic craftmanship in making the piece.

I love it.

Peter

Offline John1102

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2019, 07:05 PM »
Great job, cool design.


Offline travisj

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2019, 09:31 PM »
Nice looking chair!  I love the choice of walnut.  Thanks for sharing.


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Offline gearhound

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Re: My 1st ever chair build
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2019, 11:41 AM »
Thanks for all the kind words guys! I've been traveling a lot the past month and just got back into the shop (garage) yesterday. I got the start of a French cleat wall hung up yesterday to try to organize my tiny shop so I can make more stuff like this more easily....the time away made me realize just how much time I waste with a disorganized garage.

@Cheese the angle it splays back at makes it really comfortable without cushions and being my 1st chair I just really dig looking at it as is. Planning a couch type build in a similar style with cushions....going to probably contract out the cushions as I don't think my 9 year old daughters sewing machine is up to that task.

@RKA no problem! finding a way to accurately mark out the mortise locations on both legs and the seat was by far the most challenging part of this build...now that I've figured out a good way to do it, I think it could lead to some really unique/fun builds in the future!

@Peter Parfitt really appreciate that! I've been watching your videos since I got my first festool tools a few years ago and you're a very inspiring guy! I need to build an outfeed table for my table saw and want to use a MFT-like top....been really considering your Parf guide, great work with that design!