First chair

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Project by Andy Ponder posted 04-23-2014 07:58 PM 2361 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first shot at building a chair and foot stool. I only took one picture during the build. I should have taken more, I will next time. I’ll even use a camera and not an iphone.

I used white oak, but added walnut for the leg caps on top of the arms and the corbels.

I don’t like leather cushions. Cold in the winter and sticky in the summer. These are covered in a heavy material my wife had left over from one of her sewing projects. Very comfy. I replace a worn out recliner.

My wife wants me to build her a chair just like mine, but with a glider platform. When I do hers I promise to take more pictures.

I welcome any comments, good or bad. Always easier for a third party to see mistakes.

Thanks for looking.


-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#1 posted 04-23-2014 08:07 PM

You did a very fine job!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 08:12 PM

Nice job! A pair of these are on my short list. Did you do the upholstery yourselves?

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#3 posted 04-23-2014 08:26 PM

Nicely done. new chairs are in order here also. Bet your wife will be very happy.

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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#4 posted 04-23-2014 08:50 PM

Love the chair. I am planning to build one, it is a matter of time and money.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 08:52 PM

Nice match to the rest of the room too! Fine craftsmanship!

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 09:13 PM

Mistakes you say … I am still looking … my vote is WOW, two amazing pieces. Enjoy them for many years to come. A great job.

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#7 posted 04-23-2014 09:34 PM

Great job Andy! Looks like a Woodsmith Shop project if I’m not mistaken. VERY well done sir.

-- -- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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#8 posted 04-23-2014 09:44 PM

Thank you all for the kind words. It was definitely a learning experience, but also lots of fun.

Dan, yes we did our own upholstery. We got the high density foam from a sewing and fabric store and wrapped it with batting after cutting to size. My wife sewed a cover on it, then made the outer “slip” covers for the seat and back with zippers in one end for removing and cleaning.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#9 posted 04-23-2014 10:39 PM

beautiful work. The chair looks great,

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 04-23-2014 11:08 PM

Great looking chair.
I have the plans for a chair very similar, hope mine turns out as nice.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#11 posted 04-24-2014 12:15 AM

Very nice looking Morris chair! And nice teamwork on the upholstery!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 04-24-2014 12:45 AM

Nice looking chair, it came out great.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#13 posted 04-24-2014 02:24 AM

Beautiful work! I feel the same as you about leather and vinyl. You won’t regret you decision.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#15 posted 04-24-2014 10:22 AM

Very nice first chair, you have done an excellent job in making it…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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