Mens Valet Chair

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-28-2014 06:47 PM 3319 views 6 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have built my first chair!!!
This one is a prototype, first production and last production. It seemed never to get going because I kept thinking of all kinds of added features. I tried out a number of things I just wanted to see if I could do. It is doweled, pocket screwed and glued together. Inside the seat compartment, I made thin oak plates to cover all the pocket screws

This chair is made from red oak. It has a double tray on the top, two side hooks, a brass hanger stud on the back of the top, swing out drawers with invisible pulls and a flip up seat with invisible hinges and one secret storage area not shown. The drawer pulls are on the bottom of the drawers with a curved finger slot to open them. They are held back with 10mm magnets and steel pins cut to the right length to make them flush in the front.

The seat has Euro. hinges inside so it really does not look like it is to be opened. The latch has had 4 designs before I settled on this simple one with a spring loaded plunger and a slotted blade for the plunger to lock into. The plunger is under the seat and does not protrude to be visible. Both pieces are tapered so it latches right way when you drop the seat down. The cushion is brown Spanish leather with 5 tufting buttons. Inside the drawers and the bottom of the seat compartment are also covered in this same leather.

It is finished with gloss wipe on poly and scuff waxed.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-28-2014 06:51 PM

Fancy, great craftsmanship. I need one of these…

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#2 posted 11-28-2014 06:57 PM

jim , this is a wonderful chair, i dont believe i have ever seen one like this, its really slick, i love the whole design here, you did job on this beautiful chair.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 11-28-2014 07:22 PM

Jim that is awesome!!! Its like the swiss army knife of chairs!!! How long you been working on this?

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 11-28-2014 07:30 PM

Looks great Jim! I admire your sense of adventure in woodworking, I think this would have been my first and last also but instead it is my “never happening” chair. I have repaired a few but never designed and built from scratch.

-- jstegall

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#5 posted 11-28-2014 08:14 PM

What a great job on designing everything about this! And the workmanship appears superb!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 11-28-2014 08:35 PM

Awesome work Jim and very well thought out.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 11-28-2014 08:59 PM

You’re a versatile old devil Jim, this is a lovely piece of furniture & will grace any room it rests in, well done mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 11-28-2014 09:11 PM

Great job, Jim! One of these is on my “To Do List”! Does the lid stay open? The version I had seen had the hinge in the front so trousers could be draped over it. The swinging drawers are really a handy feature. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 11-28-2014 09:34 PM

Nice looking chair. I like all the features you managed to work in. I could use one of those in my bedroom.

It would be neat if you could incorporate one of those slow close toilet seat hinges in the seat.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 11-28-2014 09:39 PM

COOL chair, Jim!

I’m not sure if the Pocket screws are really strong enough to hold up for years…

... Sitting in it and leaning back just a enough NOT to have from legs leave the ground… giving it a good strain… would be a good test…

looks like a COOL chair, for the purpose intended… :)

Are the sliding box/shelves for Cufflinks or what? ... might be a little deep for small stuff…

COOL Chair…

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#11 posted 11-28-2014 10:11 PM

That is so cool Jim, thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 11-28-2014 10:11 PM

right I see the horns? because the male chair? I’m joking … a delightful piece, Jim

-- bambi

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#13 posted 11-28-2014 11:26 PM

Very nice piece of work Jim!

-- John, South Dakota

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#14 posted 11-28-2014 11:32 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments!

Hi Buster. I have been working on this for 4 weeks off and on. We have a big project for our church that is taking about that long so far too.

Hi Lee and Candy. I thought I had it well thought out, but the lid does not stay open, Candy. In fact it will not open all the way. While I was planning on the thickness so it would stay open with the lid straight up, I forgot to figure on the amount the cushion sticks back so it keeps it from going up all the way right now. I have the cushion on with 6- 10-24 machine screws and I think that I can move the cushion forward and replace those screws with 6 – #8 wood screws and fix that problem. I just needed to get it out of the shop for the next projects I started today.

Hi Joe. I think it will hold up okay with dowels, pocket screws and glue- even leaning back . The back leg is one piece top to bottom and the seat frame is fastened very well to the lower cross piece with 10 screws. Each of those hinge blocks are glued and screwed to it with 3 screws each. They are all covered up now.

Hi Bambi. I guess you could say it is a 4 point buck!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 11-29-2014 12:34 AM

Looks absolutely fantastic. Let me know when you have mine finished and I will drive up and get it. LOL LOL LOL

-- If'n I had knowed retirement was this good I'd a dun it sooner

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