Lolling Chair in Honduran Mahogany

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Project by matt garcia posted 12-19-2008 04:10 AM 4958 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well fellow Lumberjocks, here it is. I must admit that I had to hire a professional upholsterer to finish this chair. One thing is apparent, upholstering is a skilled trade!! It is nothing you can just walk up on, and do without a great deal of experience!! Making the cuts on the arms proved to be very frustrating, and after ruining 2 perfectly good pieces of fabric, I had had enough!!

I found an upholsterer while in Hancock Fabric getting more fabric, and decided to give him a call. I think he did a beautiful job! I did manage to do the seat, and do all of the underlayment, but the chair back was all his!!

Now on to the lumber, and joinery!! If you are looking for a serious woodworking challenge, this chair is for you!! Compound angle cuts, and tenons. Compound dovetail joinery on the front cross stretcher, man even clamping it up was a challenge!!

Once again, I used more of this scrap mahogany lumber I got from the local guy selling it on Craigslist that I blogged about earlier this summer. The only lumber I bought was the poplar for the covered wood.


Here is the chair next to my beloved Cherry table.


Here is another satisfied customer (ma-roww)!!

I hope you guys like it, I LOVE IT!! I’m very proud of my new edition to the family!! Enjoy!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 12-19-2008 04:22 AM

Wow what a nice job I see the cat loves it to

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 12-19-2008 05:01 AM

very well done

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-19-2008 05:34 AM

very, very nice.. turned out great!

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#4 posted 12-19-2008 05:49 AM

It turned out beautiful. Norm made it look so easy. I have thought about doing upholstering but thought I might wait a bit longer. It is a beautiful chair. Wonderful project.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 12-19-2008 06:00 AM


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 12-19-2008 12:50 PM

Congrats, that is a fine looking chair.

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#7 posted 12-19-2008 05:12 PM

Matt you did a great job on the chair.

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#8 posted 12-19-2008 05:43 PM

What a great looking chair.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#9 posted 12-20-2008 01:35 PM


Excellent job on the lolling chair. Looks like you got the proportions just right. Did you take patterns off an original or did you just scale it off a photo? If you didn’t have access to an original, or plans from an original, then you’ve sold yourself short by saying the joinery was the toughest part of this project.

The upholstery looks very good too. Since it sounds like you laid the foundation, you did a good job of keeping it flat and tight to the frame, which is the way a chair like this would have originally been upholstered. It’s very easy to keep stuffing the chair so it looks like a sausage but it looks like you got it just right.

Keep up the great work!

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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matt garcia

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#10 posted 12-20-2008 04:41 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys! Once again, this is a New Yankee Project. There are certain pieces that Norm builds that really appeal to me, this chair being one of them. When he reproduces something like this and a DVD, it’s hard not to go for it.
Chuck, although the New Yankee plans are pretty good, this one was not. You have to always read between the lines, and interpret the cut lists, and the patterns. When I’m ready to start building, I generally take a ride over to Fedex Kinko’s to get the patterns enlarged. There is a lady there who always gets it just right, and I believe it’s a scale of 199.9%. It worked on the Highboy, Lowboy, and now the Lolling chair.
As far as having one to pattern off of, I’ve looked extremely hard here in Houston to find period furniture. The closest I’ve found was an estate auction. This lady had a serious collection including a cherry flat top highboy. That thing had solid one piece panels on it. It was a great piece!
I tell you, I couldn’t have made this chair without a bevel gage to set the saw blade up. That tool is a great investment!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 04-13-2009 03:37 AM

This chair is great , Matt. I like the fabric too . It goes well with the design and color of the wood : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 12-29-2009 07:29 PM

How much mahogany and poplar did you end up using? I am getting ready to start this project myself and need to know so I can buy the materials. I havent ordered the plans just yet either but have been wanting to for a while. Also how much did the upholsterer charge you? I live in tomball tx so I’m pretty close. [email protected]

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