Kitchen Chairs

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Project by AandCstyle posted 12-17-2017 11:06 PM 1651 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to replace our kitchen dining set and started with the table. This is the second set of chairs I have made, but the first ones with arms and swivel mechanisms. I got the hardware from and they are a good company with which to do business. The sales rep was helpful and shipping was quick. I used these chairs to justify the purchase of a Domino. :) It made the job much easier and better quality than the set I made previously because the tenons fit better and the angled joints were a non-issue.

I learned a few things:
1. Sand the legs before fitting the arms to them. I didn’t think I would change the dimensions that much by sanding, but I was wrong.
2. The arms should have been angled away from the chair a bit more to provide more clearance when sitting. They are fine for us, but it might be an issue if anyone were really heavy.
3. The back legs should have been angled back another few degrees, Mine are at 10 degrees and I think 13 or maybe even 15 degrees would have been better.

In spite of these issues, we are happy with the chairs and will keep them. :D

Here are additional pix of some details:

And some closer looks at the individual chairs (look closely to see that the back slats are from adjoining strips from one board):

Finally, I want to thank Pintodeluxe (aka Willie) for his guidance with the seat cushions.

Thanks for looking and any comments.

-- Art

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#1 posted 12-17-2017 11:15 PM

Absolutely beautiful job! Stunning craftsmanship, brilliant execution!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 12-17-2017 11:17 PM

Beautiful! My ass would fit very comfortably in those chairs. Couple questions. Did you follow a plan or have some inspiration for the design? Do you feel the investment of the domino will become a regular tool in your shop now that you have it!
Again great work!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 12-18-2017 12:29 AM

Beautiful chairs. I have a set around my dining-room table that are falling apart (after only a dozen years) and I’ve thought about building just new seat buckets (the legs and tilt mechanism are fine). Favoriting yours as an idea once I get my skills good enough to tackle them,

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 12-18-2017 12:37 AM

Jerry, thank you, but the execution could have been better as evidenced by my #1 lesson learned.

Thank you, Steve, I used the template I made for the back legs of the Rodel chairs I made and this Stickley chair= was the inspiration.

I know I have not thought of all the things for which a Domino can be used, but aside from the intended M&T joints I have used it for gluing the table top to keep the boards perfectly aligned to eliminate the need for sanding them flat after the glue has dried. This is similar to what biscuits would do only MUCH more precisely. Then I used the cutter to make a slot for a screw to allow the wood to move. This was very quick and easy. I haven’t yet but will use it to reinforce mitered corners on a picture frame. Maybe others will jump in and add to the list of uses, but my main thing is the outstanding quality of the M&T joints and I use that a lot.

-- Art

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 12:56 AM

Dave, thank you. Chairmaking really is more intimidating than difficult IMO. I recommend Jeff Miller’s book Chairmaking and Design if you haven’t made chairs previously. Also, make a complete mock up from poplar or even 2×4s to develop a comfort level before attacking your more expensive stock. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

-- Art

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#6 posted 12-18-2017 01:09 AM

Very nice set of chairs Art! These came out great!!
I’ll have to check out your source for hardware.

Thanks for posting.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 12-18-2017 01:29 AM

Well I saw these before final assembly and finish and am in awe of the finished product. Unfortunately for me Marty is expecting similar results when I get around to doing ours. I’ll make very sure she reads, re-reads, and then reads again the “Domino” part . I’m still finishing up the router table! It’s hard getting back in the saddle after Hawaii.

All aside, excellent work and I saw that up close last month. I knew these would be wonderful when I saw what you had already done. Your house if becoming your showpiece.


-- Steve, Virginia

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#8 posted 12-18-2017 01:49 AM

Amazing chairs. I will check out the book you suggest.

-- Rick M,

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 12-18-2017 02:47 AM

Thanks for suggesting the book, Art. I’m actually thinking of taking a (Windsor-style) chair making class with Peter Galbert next summer, but I’ll read the book too. I like the style and fit of my existing chairs, but I’m heavy enough that their screws-and-dowels joinery just doesn’t hold up. I’ll definitely mock one up first, but it’s possible I’ll end up with six different chairs as I build one, improve my craft, build another, etc. Thanks again for the inspiration and pointer to the book!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 12-18-2017 03:12 AM

Very nice set of chairs. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 12-18-2017 01:28 PM

I thank you all for the compliments and comments.

Willie, you can save some money by buying a complete set from chairpartsonline. A set is the top swivel, the column, the base and the casters. If you don’t see a set that exactly meets your needs, they will swap out components to satisfy you.

Dave, Windsor chairs are like work! haha Have fun with the class.

-- Art

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 12-18-2017 01:54 PM

Yeah, that’s what I suspected, Art. But I’m mostly a hand-tool galoot, so nearly everything is like work. Or at least that’s what I’ll tell the guys with the noisy tools so they feel sorry for me. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 12-18-2017 02:12 PM

Wow Art, Those came out beautifully, nice addition.

I have yet to tackle a real set of chairs…it is on the list at some point, I have built stools and repaired quite a few antiques but nothing substantial. I have had the wherewithal to copy and make a few templates.

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 12-18-2017 02:38 PM

Dadgum! Excellent chairs, A&C! I really enjoy looking at your projects… You did well on those cushions too. Willie is a helpful guy, isn’t he?!?

-- Pete

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#15 posted 12-18-2017 02:39 PM

I’m curious, how did you attach the legs to the center spindle?

-- Pete

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