Chairs for Church Conference Room #1: Prototypes are done.

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 06-09-2009 04:08 AM 2317 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I guess this really is a continuation of the Church Conference Table blog and project.

Side bar: Here is a great link to the story of the tree to the table created by the church’s webmaster. Look for the photo of the tree trunk with the chain saw. I am told that the chain saw has a 48” cut!!! Click here to see the slide show.

After finishing the church’s conference table in mid-December and getting Christmas and New Years behind, I worked with my clients on the design of the chairs. The wood of choice, of course, was the same as the table. Red Oak with Black Walnut accents. There was still vast quantities of oak from the tree. The design was based on a chair plan I found in FWW. With modifications to some of the basic elements, the chairs will complement the tables. The changes were to the back/front and side rails profile to match the lower leg of the table, walnut plug accents, and the Gothic arch theme of the back splat.

The finish was the same as the table – four coats of Minwax Wipe-On poly. No stain.

FWW Chair

My Chair

The challenge of chairs, I guess, is the angles. With the help of lots of jigs and a Wixley digital angle gauge, some of the difficulty is diminished.

I found the FWW article very helpful. I bought the measured drawings and made a few construction modifications. Mainly, the use of loose tenon joints as much as possible. The milling of traditional tenons on some of the parts and loose tenons on others seemed unnecessary and wastes wood.

There are a couple of milling and construction blogs coming about these chairs and also a blog on my newly made loose tenon mortising jig. Keep in touch.


-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 06-09-2009 03:23 PM

The slide show was very interesting. It’s not often one gets to see the project from the viewpoint of the tree itself.

Marty, you’ve done a wonderful job. Watching you woodwork is like watching a kid in a candy store. You have too much fun!!!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#2 posted 06-09-2009 04:42 PM

A perfect addition to your previous series on building the table. I think that your chair(s) will be a perfect compliment to the table.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#3 posted 06-09-2009 04:45 PM

Just noticed the pattern on the back of the chair. There will never be a question that everything together is a set. How well built is the church? I think that your work may last a couple of centuries at least.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#4 posted 06-09-2009 05:04 PM

That is a beautiful chair, AND table. Very impressive!

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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