Olsen chair

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Project by jcsterling posted 01-19-2019 04:17 PM 1099 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to take a dive into making a traditionally upholstered chair. This chair has a internal framework of red oak that is joined with mortise and tenon joints. frame is then strung with zig zag springs . my partner Lisa did a wonderful job with the upholstery work. the upholstered frame is then placed inside the mahogany frame and fastened. overall this was a great joint project and I am looking forward to doing another piece like this.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#1 posted 01-19-2019 08:09 PM

A great way to broaden your skills. WEll done!

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#2 posted 01-19-2019 09:26 PM

Thanks Paul, it really was a fun project. I had a rough idea of how it would sit but was not sure until it was fully padded and upholstered.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#3 posted 01-20-2019 12:47 AM

Very nice work. It looks like a great chair to sit down in with a good book.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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#4 posted 01-20-2019 02:36 AM

That is a nice looking chair. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 01-20-2019 03:21 AM


Just saw your posting. When I posted a chair I got little interest. Chairs are/can be a challenge due to the angles which are more complex than a table or cabinet in the execution. Nice work as always!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 01-20-2019 04:44 AM

beautiful looking chair. I want to attempt an upholstered chair one day. Thanks for showing us your chair.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 01-20-2019 11:13 AM

great chair, and the gal who did the upholstery gets 3 thumbs up.

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#8 posted 01-20-2019 02:22 PM

I like the mid-20th-century look and feel of the piece. Nicely done. You are so very lucky to have a partner who could tackle the upholstery. Where I live, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find even commercial upholsterers to tackle a job.

Above all, it looks comfy. Enjoy.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#9 posted 01-20-2019 04:02 PM

Calmudgeon, yes upholsterers are difficult to find. Lisa opened her shop Jan of last year and has been busy since then. What some people need to understand is that older furniture is well worth saving with a new upholstery job. looking inside an old chair vs. the construction on a new chair can be night and day.

Michelletwo, thank you I will tell her.

Woodbridge, thanks, no better time than 2019 to try your hand at an upholstered chair.

Doc, indeed chairs can be be a p.i.t.a. one slight dimension or angle change and it can mess the whole feel up. I usually ifnd a chair I like and get the angles a seat depth from that.

Swirt and Zonker, thank you very much

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#10 posted 01-21-2019 04:40 PM

great team work on that,love the look,great wood working and beautiful upholstery job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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