challenge10, rustic Apple and Lilac - Armchair

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Project by rustichad posted 04-16-2009 04:55 AM 2583 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Frame made of 70yr old Lilac. Seat, back, seat and arms made of apple.
No screws or nails were used, its mortise and tenon for the frame with original gorilla glue.
The seat and back are joined with dowels, split and wedged with original gorilla glue again.
I do not use hardware at all in my rustic work its always gorilla glue, cant beat it for rustic! This chair was very unique, it was the first time I used Lilac. If you have never worked lilac before, beware it is extremely hard. Great looking wood though the purple colors in the scars is awesome. The apple is nice to work and brings a very nice red color. My primary tool for rustic is a “adjustable hollow auger” I use it for making all my tenons, its worth its weight in gold to me ! The seat slats are all cut on the bandsaw out of one log. The arms and back are ripped on the bandsaw as well.
The chair sits great too.


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#1 posted 04-16-2009 05:41 AM

Wow! You’re kidding me. 70 year old Lilac? They usually aren’t that long lived. I guarantee you that this will always be one of a kind. I really like this.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 06:20 AM

This is magnificent work!

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#3 posted 04-16-2009 08:12 AM

Very Interesting…

-- Dave, North Dakota,

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 04-16-2009 03:13 PM

this is a great chair, as are all the ones I looked at. You are doing very cool looking work.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 04-16-2009 03:18 PM

Hi rustichad;

You better get a finish on it quick. The thing is warping up all over the place. LOL

Very creative, and great workmanship.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 04-17-2009 01:35 PM

Hi Rustichad
That is amazing armchair. And a great inspiration.
Big congratulations!

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 04-19-2009 06:01 AM

Very Nice!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 06-22-2011 04:27 PM

A unique looking chair, & beautiful creation.

I’ve carved some items from both Lilac, & Apple I love their color, & hard enough for fine detail.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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