Mesquite Desk Chair

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Project by scott shangraw posted 05-03-2010 10:06 PM 3280 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We just completed a mesquite desk chair for a Texas customer. This all mesquite chair turned out gorgeous. Some of the yellow sap wood was left in and the contrast really added to the chair. We changed our chair mechanism to a five wheel base that is solid steel. So the wood that covers it, is only for looks. This makes the chair base much stronger and will not have any of the cracking or structural problems of the old base. There are a few construction photos included showing the grinding process on the arms, the glueup of the legs to the seat and the back lumbar supports being bent in the pressure bag. Since mesquite spindles have been giving us a problem, due to unseen hairline cracks, we decided to try out laminated spindles. They looked great and will be very strong. The process took a bit longer, but is worth it.

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Walnut with mesquite spindles

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 05-04-2010 02:03 AM

well done

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 02:18 AM

Great Stuff, Scott.

-- Gary D.

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 02:22 AM

Beautiful desk chair. I especially like the wide, comfortable arms, and the wood covering the steel base. Are the back slats angled to center? Quality work. Very nice!


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#4 posted 05-04-2010 03:19 AM

I really like this. The arms especially wide enough to put your… arms! For me I’d like them up higher… but hey it’s custom right. Where do you get the mechanism for chairs like this?


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#5 posted 05-04-2010 11:14 AM

Lovely Chair Scott!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 05-04-2010 09:22 PM

a beautyfull chair


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#7 posted 05-09-2010 03:57 PM

Kerux -I’m with you I like the arms a little higher but the customer wanted to make sure it slid all the way under the desk-Your right it’s custom.
Barbs- the slats on this one basically go straight up ,but I do do some were each spindle cants out about 3 degees starting from the center.
Thanks for looking everyone!!!

-- Scott NM,

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#8 posted 07-14-2010 11:43 PM

sorry for my unexeperience on this chairs.. are they comfortable for a day of work? I’m used to cushion seats… but really like the concept I would like one of these on my desk…


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#9 posted 07-15-2010 01:01 AM

Dedlo-Yes these chairs sit very well for a wood seat .I also do a padded seat but think the carved seat is more comfortable.Alot of this has to do with the seat construction I do not just use a flat board I cut 5 smaller boards at an angle and they are shaped like a barrel stave when glued up then the carving further enhances the comfort.I do have a few references available on these office chairs if interested feal free to e mail me.Thanks

-- Scott NM,

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#10 posted 05-16-2019 01:50 PM

Incredibly nice chair, I love the look of mesquite.

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#11 posted 05-16-2019 02:03 PM

Love mesquite. A better use cannot be imagined. Beautiful chair. Stupendous work.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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