Red & Purple Are Their Favorite Colors

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Project by hotncold posted 12-16-2014 05:19 PM 2153 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first “chair” project and I was unsure if I could pull this off. It’s a pair of chairs for my 3 & 4 year old grandkids for Christmas.

The only difference in the two are the chair arms. One is bloodwood (red) and the other is purpleheart (purple).

All vertical members are mahogany and all cross members are hard maple. The seats are cut from a piece of bull nosed oak stair tread that I already had.

I finished them with 4 coats of lacquer (sanded between each coat) for some shine. I like the way these came out and I hope the kids like them too!

Your comments are always welcome and thanks for looking!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 05:45 PM

The finish turned out great on these chairs! Love the shiny look and I am sure your family does too! I really enjoy looking at all of your projects … you should be proud of what you have accomplished. Congratulations.

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 05:55 PM

Great work! Looks as though the height and seat depth will fit with comfort for quite awhile until 7 or 8 yo?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-16-2014 06:31 PM

Look great, rustic simplicity. I’m hoping to work on my first chair next year, and I hope it turns out as good as yours.

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#4 posted 12-16-2014 06:56 PM

Very nice Dennie! I can;t believe you got these done so quickly as you just finished those beautiful cutting boards! The chairs turned out as great as all of the other work I’ve seen of yours. Like slavesh I hope to try a chair next year – I think they’re intimidating. Right now I’m out of commission as I fell and broke my wrist! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#5 posted 12-16-2014 08:05 PM

Thanks Chris. I really appreciate those nice words.

Russell, since 3 & 4 year olds grow rapidly, I made them slightly bigger. The seat is 10-1/2” from the ground and the width is also 10-1/2” between the arms.

Slavosh, please post when you get yours finished.

Jerry!!!! You fell and broke your wrist? Were you getting into the “holiday spirits” early? Hope the healing goes well and you and yours have a wonderful holiday.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 12-16-2014 09:59 PM

Wow nice job Dennie. I’m sure the grandkids will love these. And no doubt they will become family heirlooms. Cant you just imagine your Great-great-great grandkids sitting in them ?

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#7 posted 12-16-2014 11:36 PM

Joe- not sure about heirlooms. If they make it through these two roughnecks, then I’ll be pretty happy!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#8 posted 12-16-2014 11:49 PM

Mighty fine chairs with an exotic twist Dennie. The kids will love the color detail, it shows Grandpa is listening.
Happy Holidays

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#9 posted 12-17-2014 12:07 AM

Thanks Bob! I kinda’ liked the Bloodwood and Purpleheart myself!
Hope you are doing well and Happy Holidays to you as well!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 12-17-2014 12:16 AM

I think they turned out great!

The kids should love them for years to come. Grand kids too!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#11 posted 12-17-2014 01:47 AM

Very cool work Dennie…..! You are full of surprises!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 12-17-2014 02:02 AM

Brad – Thanks, I appreciate it.

Jeff – More times than not, I surprise myself. Thank you!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#13 posted 12-17-2014 04:47 AM

Those are really cool. Great job

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#14 posted 12-17-2014 02:21 PM

I love these. Awesome job. How did you get the legs to fit in the arms so well.

-- Fail to plan and you are planning to fail. Ben Franklin

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#15 posted 12-17-2014 03:05 PM

Nice job Dennie!
Those look fantastic and I am sure they will be well received.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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