USMC themed Retirement chair (throne)

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Project by JeanValjean posted 10-12-2021 06:23 PM 728 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the honor of building this chair for my Uncle who served in the early 60’s just before Viet Nam.
Along with my father, my uncle was instrumental in my own choice to serve in the Marine Corps so this project had special meaning.

This was my first chair and as I usually like to say, I’m not smart enough to be intimidated by complex problems like angled joinery!
The chair is constructed of walnut with a curly maple back.

Commissioned by his grandchildren, their signatures are laser engraved along with the badge for the USAF Security forces with whom his grandson is now serving.
The joinery used is all mortise and tenon all cut at a 3 degree angle to accommodate traditional seat dimensions and angles
The Ribbons he earned are embedded in epoxy and sanded to 7000 grit for clarity.
His shooting badges are laser engraved as well.
I worked with a local upholsterer who Came up with the concept for the seating surface to loosely emulate the USMC dress blues trousers and I think he did a tremendous job.
I hope my uncle will be comfortable and proud as he spends his days in his own shop seated in his new “throne”.


-- Semper Fi

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#1 posted 10-12-2021 07:14 PM

Great job on that chair. It will be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!..........Cheers, Jim

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#2 posted 10-12-2021 07:27 PM

Simper Fi ! Well done from a fellow Marine Vet.

-- We live in the Land of the Free Because of the brave!

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#3 posted 10-12-2021 08:39 PM

That looks like a pool table side chair. Really nice.

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#4 posted 10-16-2021 02:39 PM

Outstanding work Marine!

-- -Al, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 10-19-2021 04:18 AM

Wow – some pretty amazing details in this chair, very well done!

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#6 posted 10-26-2021 01:21 AM

What a great project for such an awesome person, thank you for sharing your awesome project with us today

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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