Cherry Lolling Chair

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Project by Pezking7p posted 12-08-2019 11:27 PM 578 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair has been a series of “firsts” and mistakes. First chair, first bent pieces, first wedged tenons, first upholstered piece. Mistakes were made at nearly every point, though the final product is relatively defect free!

Cherry wood to match the rest of my living room furniture, with walnut and ebony accents. Finish is arm r seal and wax. Upholstery is local leather.

I started making bending molds nearly three years ago.

Learning how to bend consistently and without cracking pieces took some tries. Both arms split and one of them I braced with some ebony splines.

I started making bending molds for this project in mid 2017. During the course of this project I had to remake all the molds to get the radiuses right, remake or rebend nearly every part. I quit making furniture for about a year, renovated a house, sold a house, bought a new house and moved shop. There were times I thought I would never finish this chair, that it would be the end of my woodworking forever. My moby dick. But once life settled down and I got a good run at it it came pretty quickly. I re-Started the ottoman in January 2019, and completed it in March. Then started the Chair in September and finished…today.

I could not be more thrilled with the outcome. Thank you for looking!


-- -Dan

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#1 posted 12-08-2019 11:59 PM

Looks pretty comfortable Dan. Congrats on getting it done.

-- 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 12-09-2019 12:17 AM

Congratulations with the finish, it looks really comfortable. Props for sticking it out amongst the setbacks. A fine chair there, Dan.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#3 posted 12-09-2019 12:23 AM

for a bunch of firsts this is pretty damn incredible,i dont know about mistakes because it looks fantastic.well done.

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

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#4 posted 12-09-2019 01:06 AM

Very nice Pez. I’m glad you stuck with it. This will be a treasured by your family for generations!

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#5 posted 12-09-2019 01:52 AM

Looks great with lots of personality, no one will ever find something like that in a Pottery Barn! Now that you have all the kinks figured out and you have the forms made, you can start cranking them out.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#6 posted 12-09-2019 01:57 AM

Great chair Dan. Bending is a lot of fun and somewhat of a mystery, to me that is .

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 12-09-2019 02:01 AM

Looks great. Good perseverance with the build.

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#8 posted 12-09-2019 02:15 AM

Very nice work. I’m assuming it is inspired by the Thomas Moser Lollling Chair?

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

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#9 posted 12-09-2019 02:30 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Very nice work. I m assuming it is inspired by the Thomas Moser Lollling Chair?

- EarlS

Errr, shameless copy is more accurate. I have another copy of a moser side table, then the rest of my living room furniture is built in that style. (You can see in my other projects that I’ve basically made a miser living room set, they should copy a few of my designs).

-- -Dan

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#10 posted 12-09-2019 02:33 AM

An truly amazing piece. You really knocked it out of the ball park.

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#11 posted 12-09-2019 02:37 AM

Love the design and the construction. Very nicely done. Good job sticking with it.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 12-09-2019 05:49 AM

If you’re like me and my Morris chair build you’re like ‘Yeah, I’m not doing that again (even after the upholsterer I took it to asked me if I was going to be making any more because every one who came in asked).

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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#13 posted 12-09-2019 11:20 AM

Excellent! Lots to be proud of in that work.

-- Petey

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#14 posted 12-09-2019 01:07 PM

Great looking chair, looks to be very comfortable and I like the reclining back.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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