Cherry dining chairs.

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Project by Terry O posted 01-20-2018 04:19 PM 1469 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Part of a set of eight chairs. Steam bent kiln-dried cherry back legs and laminated maple splats. I prefer to steam bend curves especially chair and table legs – the grain is continuous with virtually no grain run-out. The chairs were built with a combination of mortise/tenon and dowel joinery.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#1 posted 01-20-2018 05:03 PM

Very nice work!

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#2 posted 01-20-2018 10:26 PM

These chairs turned out beautifully. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 01-21-2018 05:13 AM

Nice looking chairs. What type of joinery did you use (traditional mortise and tenon, Domino, etc..)?

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#4 posted 01-21-2018 12:50 PM

There is something about cherry chairs that I really like. Yours are no exception. Very nicely done.

I’ve never had the courage to figure out how to do steam bending. Do you have any pics or details on how you bent the back legs and splats?

Did you upholster them yourself also?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 01-21-2018 02:19 PM

Like everything else steam bending is easy once you figure it out. It took me a long time to try steam bending particularly because everything I read suggested only air dried wood was bendable. I only can get kiln-dried wood where I live—but not only is bending kiln-dried wood doable the spring-back is predictable. I purchased a compression strap from Lee Valley and followed the instructions.

The steam box built from 1×8 cedar. With dowels through the box to allow steam to circulate around the wood.

One end has a hinged door to get the wood in and out of the box. The opposite end I filled with rigid insulation and the thermometer that came with the deep fryer which supplies the steam.

Air-dried wood is bendable after 1 hour of steam per inch of thickness.
Kiln-dried wood is bendable after 1 1/2 hour of steam per inch of thickness.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#6 posted 01-21-2018 03:52 PM

Very nice work and thanks for the information.


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#7 posted 01-21-2018 04:28 PM

Well done Terry. Excellent job on your chairs. And when your done steaming you can make beer with the kettle

-- Mark

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#8 posted 01-21-2018 05:30 PM

great looking chairs – thanks for the steam bending info as well

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#9 posted 01-22-2018 05:02 AM

Very well done. I have Laminated Similar but now I think that steam bending is in my future.


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#10 posted 02-09-2018 03:21 PM

Beautiful chairs. Is the dining table next?


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#11 posted 02-11-2018 04:09 PM

Yes the dining table is next—the problem is what to build?

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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