White oak and walnut green wood chair

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Project by Jeremymcon posted 06-10-2018 01:34 AM 1157 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair is made from parts split from a chunk of white oak from my father in law’s property, with walnut from a large trunk section given to me by a coworker. The white oak was slightly twisted, so didn’t work very well for the back, but the walnut I had in hand was perfectly straight! I actually previously posted a rocking chair made almost entirely from that walnut tree.

I kind of got the general idea of how to build this chair from a book, and then rushed into the building process because I was kind of excited about it! Ended up only having 2 rungs per side, when the book I read (skimmed) called for 3 rungs on the sides.

Anyway, I ended up adding a third rung to the assembled chair by making it fit the whole way through a 3/4” mortise in the back legs, and then wedging the tenon.

I did pay attention to the part about oversized, oval shaped tenons – the chair took some force to put together, and I’m pretty confident that the rungs will break before they ever come out of the mortises! I actually introduced some twist into the chair that I couldn’t get out because of how tight the tenons were. Next time I’ll be more careful during assembly.

I really enjoyed the process, and I think that the next chair I build will be much better! This one is replacing a really large rolling desk chair in my office/fly tying room. I love that it’s smaller and lighter, with no arms getting in the way. Plus, I made it!

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#1 posted 06-10-2018 01:49 AM

Nice work, very classy.

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#2 posted 06-10-2018 01:56 AM

Wow. Nice work.

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#3 posted 06-10-2018 06:00 AM

Nice work, thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 06-10-2018 11:44 AM

This is a very nice chair and you have done a wonderful job on it.

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#5 posted 06-10-2018 01:53 PM

having built many chairs myself, I know how much work they are and how many things can go wrong. Looks light and strong. Enjoy it and go make more. Do you have the book and video called Make A Chair from a Tree? the bible of greenwood chair making.

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#6 posted 06-10-2018 02:02 PM

I want to! Haven’t purchased it yet though. I was basing my chair off of a book by Mike Abbott called “Living Wood” that contains instructions for making a chair as well as some other green woodworking projects. I did this chair with a drawknife, shave horse, and spring pole lathe (well actually, it’s a bungee lathe) just like he recommends.

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