Roycroft Armchair Reproduction

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Project by John Millikin posted 04-28-2010 12:28 AM 4255 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Which chair is the real Roycroft made in 1901? The one on the left is the original. I made this reproduction to complete a set of dining chairs after failing to find another original. I disassembled the original in order to match the joinery as well as repair the loose fits. I am not a carver, so matching the roycroft orb took a long time. This was a fun project—I have about 200 hrs in it.

-- Jack

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#1 posted 04-28-2010 01:32 AM

You did a great job matching the look and color. Most of us don’t get the opportunity to take an original apart. Being able to see how they put it together should have helped you build the new one. Did you take any pictures of the original when you had it apart?

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#2 posted 04-28-2010 01:52 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 04-28-2010 01:58 AM

Absolutely beautiful! I would never tell them apart from here. What was your finishing process if you don’t mind sharing?

-- My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.

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#4 posted 04-28-2010 04:27 AM

Great work!!!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 04-28-2010 07:37 AM

Outstanding job – I was going to guess the one on the left was the original, but that was strictly a lucky gift on my part :-)). Good job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 05-08-2010 04:54 PM

Nice job on the reproduction.

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