Thirteen chairs.

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Project by Terry O posted 01-05-2019 10:30 PM 750 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was on and off for about two years before completion. We had a set of four original chairs from the 50’s I wanted to duplicate. I decided to build 13, four for my wife and I, four for each of our two sons, and one to practice one. A colleague reminded me 13 was an unlucky number—so I started 14 of them.
The logistics on some of the joinery was a nightmare but 13 of the chairs worked out.

Thanks for browsing.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#1 posted 01-05-2019 11:52 PM

That was quite an undertaking Terry, but you overcame all the issues and ended up with some very nice chairs that I’m sure you and your family will appreciate for many years to come. Did you upholster them yourself?

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 01-06-2019 12:33 AM

Great, how did the wooden springs work out?

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#3 posted 01-06-2019 02:03 AM

wow i applaud your effort on this,that was a huge undertaking and you killed it,fantastic craftsmanship.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 01-06-2019 03:31 AM

Wow…. and yes this is exactly the thing that scares me away from making a large set of chairs…. the ADD would kick in around chair number 2 and I would end up with 2 and a half chairs ;)

Nice work on these.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Terry O

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#5 posted 01-06-2019 04:14 AM

Thanks for all the comments. The wooden springs turned out better then expected, very comfortable seats.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#6 posted 01-06-2019 02:33 PM

great chairs. An ambitious project that turned our great. What wood did you use for the steam bending and did you have any failures during that part of the process? I’ve always wanted to try steam bending but have not gotten there yet.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Terry O

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#7 posted 01-06-2019 02:48 PM

The chairs were done using kiln-dried hard maple. There were one or two failures, mainly due to grain run-out or not being steamed enough (but not too much), the trick is to get it in the bending strap right out of the steam box and bent in less then 30 seconds. Allow to cool in the compression strap for an hour, then restrain it in clamps till completely cool and dry.
I did not upholster the chairs—it was a treat to see them finished by someone else.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#8 posted 01-06-2019 04:28 PM

I am very impressed. Great job.

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#9 posted 01-06-2019 04:47 PM

Lot of work and beautifully executed. Thanks for showing all the steps.


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#10 posted 01-06-2019 04:48 PM

A beautiful but simple looking chair, certainly isn’t simple. Your means and methods are interesting to say the least. Great job and props for sticking with it. The results are super!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 01-06-2019 07:12 PM

It’s good to see other people have large ambitions. My goal this year is to build 4 maybe 8 chairs. Simple chairs. We’ll see.

I worked on many houses in Stonewall about 10 – 15 years ago..

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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