ADB Staked Chair

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Project by Pat3 posted 11-04-2019 12:27 AM 1918 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first chair, not perfect, but it is surprisingly comfortable. I made this for me to use in the garage.
I used only hand tools once I sized the lumber. The finish is Tried and True BLO/Beeswax.

My goal was to use this chair to learn from and use as a steppingstone to build a Welch Stick Chair.
It is made from Walnut and Port Orford Cedar. I plan to build another one but I will saddle the seat on the next chair.

Things I need to improve upon:
I used the wrong type of drill bit for the holes to peg the spindles into the crest rail, lots of tear out on the entry side.
I need to make a jig for cutting the round tenons on the spindles. I made them by hand and they are not centered very well.
I need to make a better transition from the octagonal legs/spindles to the tenons. I am using hand tools only, so the transition is not very clean. I finally figured out, while making the last spindle, how to make the transition look better.
I need to make better conical tenons on the legs, they could fit better by properly adjusting the cutter.

A few more pics:

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#1 posted 11-04-2019 02:32 AM

That looks great. I like the wood combination and the style.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 11-04-2019 03:54 AM

Well done! That’s on my list of future projects and I hope it comes out half as nice as yours.

-- Lefty

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#3 posted 11-04-2019 04:10 AM

Thank you guys.

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#4 posted 11-04-2019 12:37 PM

Looks like it’ll sit well, and you learned along the way, so I’d call it a huge success! Nice work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 11-04-2019 03:07 PM

Thanks Dave, really looking forward to making another one, just have a couple of other projects to get done first.

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#6 posted 11-04-2019 04:52 PM

Very nice, Pat. Definitely on my list of projects to try. Did you have a resource to follow (video, webpage, book, or ?) or just give it a go with what you’ve been picking up on chairmanning in general? Schwarz has put out enough detail that nothing more than a few blogs would be needed (I think). Did you have any special tooling? I’m thinking you will to do seat work.

Anyway, congrats on completion! I like the look of the contrasting woods, too.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#7 posted 11-04-2019 05:10 PM

Thank you.
I used Chris’ ADB as a reference, making the high staked stool first really helped a lot. I would go back thru his blog to look for nuggets of info which also helped.

The only special tools I used were the Lee Valley reamer and conical tenon cutter, which I had purchased for the staked stool build. I had also bought the Lee Valley pull shave, but did not use it on this seat. I just ordered an adze and scorp this morning to use on the next staked chair. For shaping the legs and spindles, I just used hand planes, draw knife and spoke shaves. Though on the last spindle upper round tenon, I found that using a drum sander on the drill press gave me a cleaner transition from the octagonal shape to the tenon. I had to turn the spindle by hand to get an even reveal all the way around.

I have all the wood for the next chair, but my wife wants a coffee table and bookcase first, so the chair will have to wait.

I highly recommend the book if you don’t already have it.

Take care,

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#8 posted 11-04-2019 05:10 PM

Nice job on this project Pat. I’ve never made a chair—but it’s something I want to do eventually. It’s daunting to me – so many angles. I’m in awe of people that can make those Windsor chairs or Maloof rockers.

How did you make the curved backrest? I think when I’m ready for my first chair project I will explore bent lamination. I’ve been thinking about using an angle grinder with wood planing attachments to contour the seat.

Thank you for sharing.

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#9 posted 11-04-2019 05:22 PM

Thank you.

I also thought that making a chair was beyond my abilities, but once I read the ADB, I knew it was achievable.

In the Chapter on making a 3 legged Staked Backstool, Chris shows how to saddle a seat using a hand plane, so you don’t really need the adze, scorp, travisher, etc…but those tools do make it easier/faster…I hope.

I made the curved crest rail using steam bending techniques that are described in detail in the ADB. There is also plans for building the bending form. It was the first time I had ever did any steam bending. My first effort at bending cracked the wood. I found that by soaking the cedar for over 24hrs, then baking and bending it worked fine.

Good luck!

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#10 posted 11-05-2019 07:04 PM

I’ve had good results from brad-pointed bits to reduce tearout when drilling.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#11 posted 11-05-2019 09:05 PM

I agree, unfortunately the 1/4” bit was missing from my set of Brad point bits. Not wanting to wait for the next day to purchase a new one, I opted for “any” old 1/4” bit, big mistake. I replaced the missing bit yesterday :o)

What really sucked was that I had used square pegs turned on edge so that it would look like a diamond shape instead of a round peg. It looked good on the test piece, but turned out terrible on the chair. Oh well.

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#12 posted 11-05-2019 10:14 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 11-06-2019 05:40 PM

Quite nicely done! I’ll becoming back here for inspiration when I start on mine.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#14 posted 11-11-2019 04:34 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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