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Project by JDavid posted 03-22-2019 07:05 PM 431 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair was rendered in quarter-sawn white oak from a design by Paul Sellers. It was the single most challenging project I’ve completed so far. The real tough part was the side rails. They involve cutting the mortise-and-tenon joints with compound angles. This allows the chair to flair out from back to front. It took quite a few tries to get it right, but in the end I’m quite happy with the results.

As you can see I haven’t yet put a seat in the chair. I will be attempting to upholster one myself.

Thanks for looking.





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stefang

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#1 posted 03-22-2019 08:58 PM

Excellent work. I have only built one chair, which was a prototype and it was certainly challenging. Yours came out really nice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BlueRidgeDog

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#2 posted 03-22-2019 10:51 PM

Are the front legs square with angled tenons or angled with square tenons?

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JDavid

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#3 posted 03-22-2019 11:13 PM



Are the front legs square with angled tenons or angled with square tenons?

- BlueRidgeDog

The front legs are square with angled tenons.

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#4 posted 03-23-2019 11:44 AM

I cheated and bought a set of plans for the 4 Kevin Rodel chairs I made that are similar to this one. The odd angles for the M&T were a real challenge.

The QSWO looks great. I hope you made a set.

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

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Andrek

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#5 posted 03-23-2019 12:02 PM

Very well done, making a chair is very challenging, not easy for any parts but rewarding at the end, bravo, now you will have to complete the set, at least one more .

-- andrek

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JDavid

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#6 posted 03-23-2019 12:15 PM



I cheated and bought a set of plans for the 4 Kevin Rodel chairs I made that are similar to this one. The odd angles for the M&T were a real challenge.

The QSWO looks great. I hope you made a set.

- EarlS

I’ll be making more. Once I got the hang of the M&T joints things went pretty smoothly. It is crucial, as I am sure you know, to have a sharp carcass saw for this project.

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avsmusic1

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#7 posted 03-23-2019 12:47 PM


I ll be making more. Once I got the hang of the M&T joints things went pretty smoothly. It is crucial, as I am sure you know, to have a sharp carcass saw for this project.

- JDavid


For those of us slackers who haven’t bitten off such a project yet, would you mind expanding on the need for a carcass saw?
Thanks

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JDavid

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#8 posted 03-23-2019 01:30 PM


I ll be making more. Once I got the hang of the M&T joints things went pretty smoothly. It is crucial, as I am sure you know, to have a sharp carcass saw for this project.

- JDavid

For those of us slackers who haven’t bitten off such a project yet, would you mind expanding on the need for a carcass saw?
Thanks

- avsmusic1

The key to the compound-angle M&T joints is to ensure the shoulders are cut precisely to the lines, an operation only possible with a sharp carcass saw. In addition, since you cannot use a (hand-tool) router to fine-tune the tenons to fit into the mortises (there is not a square registration face), cutting the tenons themselves must be done right to the lines so as to minimize the effort to fine-tune them using only a chisel. A dull saw will make your life miserable when attempting these difficult cuts.

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Tooch

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#9 posted 03-23-2019 02:11 PM

Wow. That’s a really Impressive design and beautifully executed! I have been putting off making my DR chairs for a good 3 years now, mostly because I know how challenging it will be, in particular the M&T on the angled legs.

Much respect and admiration to you for pulling off such a great design.

A well-deserved DT3!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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JDavid

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#10 posted 03-23-2019 03:08 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind words.

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Tom

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#11 posted 03-24-2019 03:27 PM

Great job. Paul Sellers is a good teacher…

-- Tom

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TungOil

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#12 posted 03-24-2019 11:32 PM

Looks great. Chairs are certainly a challenging project and yours looks awesome!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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JDavid

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#13 posted 03-25-2019 11:01 AM



Great job. Paul Sellers is a good teacher…

- Tom

He is indeed a good teacher. He’s opinionated, sometimes irascible, and he doesn’t like criticism, but I’ve greatly improved my hand-tool skills from watching his videos and reading his blog over the last five years. I can live with his eccentricities not only because of his masterful skills, but because he imparts them with such eager thoroughness.

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JDavid

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#14 posted 03-26-2019 02:55 AM


I cheated and bought a set of plans for the 4 Kevin Rodel chairs I made that are similar to this one. The odd angles for the M&T were a real challenge.

The QSWO looks great. I hope you made a set.

- EarlS

I ll be making more. Once I got the hang of the M&T joints things went pretty smoothly. It is crucial, as I am sure you know, to have a sharp carcass saw for this project.

- JDavid

Rodel’s design is beautiful, but I can’t abide his techniques, which largely rely on complex jigs and power tools to render the joinery. I suppose if you were a production shop spending the time to do those jigs would pay off in the end, but if you are building one chair (or five chairs) it seems to me building those jigs would be a colossal waste of time.

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Chris

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#15 posted 04-01-2019 03:15 PM

Nice looking solid chair. That one will be around for ages.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com

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