New shop chair

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Project by YouthfullMind posted 04-15-2019 12:39 PM 1662 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After I decided to learn how to dovetail, it was clear that I needed some seating at the correct height for my workbench to alleviate some neck strain. I’ve never designed or built a chair before, but figured this was a good opportunity to try both. I wanted to make a 3 legged chair with Maloof joints, but decided to go a different direction in the end. This is my compromise between having 3 legs and a more stable chair.

1. The frame is made out of quarter sawn bur oak and the seat/seat back are black walnut.
2. Joinery is beefy loose tenons made with the morley mortiser.
3. Front legs shaped initially with a tapering jig on TS, roundover bit on the router table x4 sides, and hand rasped towards the top to blend it into the front apron
4. Back legs rough cut on the band saw, and used a pattern bit and pattern on the router table to clean them up. Back of each leg was rounded with a roundover bit
5. Seat was made on the table saw using a coving process. This leaves a rounded knob right in the center, and I did the final shaping with a rasp. I tried to incorporate a small band of sapwood into the seat back and seat.
6. Seat back was rough cut on the band saw, and final shaping with a rasp
7. Finish is natural danish oil x3 coats

I’m pleased with how it turned out. It sits well and is comfortable. Time will tell if I made any mistakes in the physics of chair joinery.

This was complete overkill for a shop chair

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#1 posted 04-15-2019 12:50 PM

Wow. You are right about overkill, it is grate looking piece of furniture!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#2 posted 04-15-2019 12:58 PM

Very unique! Great execution!

-- Pete

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#3 posted 04-15-2019 02:07 PM

interesting design,you really thought out of the box on this.nice work.

-- 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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#4 posted 04-15-2019 02:33 PM

I think that is a beautiful chair. Could be part of a neat/different dining set also.

Unique way of drying the finish also :).

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 04-15-2019 03:28 PM

+1 on design and execution. Looks great.

-- socrbent Ohio

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James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 04-15-2019 07:36 PM

Wonderful design and craftsmanship.
Just aim properly when sitting.

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 04-15-2019 10:17 PM

Cool man! really like this chair.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 04-16-2019 02:09 AM

A very beautifully made chair!

Way to pretty to be in a shop; especialyy mine. I use the chair for more than just sitting in!

I clamp to it, use it as extra hands; sometimes even pound on it too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 04-16-2019 02:29 AM

I made one a lot like that! Only mine was at the beach…out of sand :P. Yours definitely takes A LOT more skill. Very nice work! Sure beats my pep boys special stool.

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#10 posted 04-16-2019 09:52 AM

super first chair and original design. I do have a question about your back legs. I do realize they are very straight grained , but I wonder about the strength above the seat joint. Stylistically they do need to be thinner, but my design brain keeps focusing on that area. The cut out on the back maybe? has taken strength out it might need in a shop environment? again, great first chair!

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#11 posted 04-17-2019 02:58 AM

I dig that seat. It brings to mind Tage Frid’s famous stool.

-- Rick M,

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 04-17-2019 06:43 PM

Looks sturdy enough to to me.

-- James E McIntyre

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