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Beetle Kill Pine Dining Chairs

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Project by firefighterontheside posted 03-04-2020 04:38 PM 1557 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These chairs have been a long time in the making. I got the wood from Monte when I met him at Andy’s place over 2 years ago. I made a prototype chair out of construction 2×6s first. Then we started building the chairs out of the BKP. The pr9totype is in the middle. Doesn’t quite match.
This was a project that dad and I worked on together. They’re for mom and dad’s dining room.

The chairs are made with M&T joints along with Maloof style joints where the legs attach to the seat. Dad did all the finishing at his house with some waterborne Target coatings poly. Other than my Maloof rocker, these are the first chairs I’ve made. Definitely a learning experience. We had some tenon sizing issues due to parts being off in size by the smallest amount. Mom and dad are happy and that makes me happy. Their old chairs were falling apart.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.





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jmhallrn

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#1 posted 03-04-2020 04:46 PM

Those are beautiful! I love the gray tones in the BKP. Do you happen to have any pictures or plans documenting the build? I would like to make something similar in the future.

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Ivan

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#2 posted 03-04-2020 04:47 PM

That is very impresive collection. I like the joynery—-very well amde!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 03-04-2020 04:53 PM



Those are beautiful! I love the gray tones in the BKP. Do you happen to have any pictures or plans documenting the build? I would like to make something similar in the future.

- jmhallrn

Thanks. No plans other than in my head. I reference my own dining chairs for some of the dimensions. I learned the Maloof joint when I built a rocker. I googled what angle there should be from the seat to the back. I’m happy to provide other pictures that you may want to see.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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pottz

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#4 posted 03-04-2020 05:15 PM

wow a real nice set of chairs,very well done for a first.love the joinery,those should last a few generations.it’s funny that you got that wood from monte because when i saw the words beetle kill he popped into my head,i really miss seeing his work.once again beautiful 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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missouriwood

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#5 posted 03-04-2020 05:23 PM

Nice looking chairs. Working with your Dad would make the project that much better.

-- Woodworking is my therapy, I love creating a project that was once, just an idea in my head. Eric, Lone Jack, MO

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ocean

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#6 posted 03-04-2020 05:29 PM

Love the alternating color pattern. Those are beautiful !!!!

-- Bob, FL Keys

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Don Broussard

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#7 posted 03-04-2020 05:46 PM

Very well done, you two. The chairs remind me of library chairs or school chairs.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 03-04-2020 05:52 PM

Bill,

Stellar job that you and Bill Sr. did together. They turned out great, and not knowing much about chair making, if any, me thinks y’all done good. Tell your dad that next time him and Karen come to B.S. give me a call and we’ll meet for dinner….!! Keep posting the good projects. You keep building them great projects, and you’re gonna have to build a larger shop….:)

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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firefighterontheside

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#9 posted 03-04-2020 05:56 PM

Thanks all.
Funny you say that Don. My dining chairs came from a closed school for the deaf where Cindy got her masters. I took many measurements from them.
Will do Rick.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Andre

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#10 posted 03-04-2020 07:13 PM

Solid construction, nice tight joints and real truck in the background:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Jerry

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#11 posted 03-04-2020 07:17 PM

Those are just really fine looking chairs Bill. The craftsmanship really shines. I don’t even understand how those joints were made. Fantastic!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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firefighterontheside

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#12 posted 03-04-2020 07:41 PM

Thanks. Do you mean my dad’s ranger with 300,000 miles that he keeps sinking money into because he thinks it’s worth a fortune. He has a nice F150 in the garage that he seldom drives.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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JL7

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#13 posted 03-04-2020 10:35 PM

Those are fantastic Bill! And great that you got to work with your Dad and the tie-in with Monte and Andy…..

Agree with the others, the joinery looks great and rock solid. Hope you carved your name on them somewhere when 300 years from now someone will know where they came from….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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Mike_in_STL

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#14 posted 03-04-2020 11:09 PM

Nice chairs! The BKP has a very unique color to it.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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woodchuckerNJ

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#15 posted 03-04-2020 11:42 PM

I lilke the front joinery.. nice.

they should last a long time.

-- Jeff NJ

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