Early American Wing Back chairs and blanket chest

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Project by woodbutcher11 posted 11-27-2021 04:45 AM 805 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wooden wing back chairs and blanket chest plans came from a Rodale book on early american furniture. The wing back style was traditionally used to reflect heat back from an open fire. Because the space that they are in has only a somewhat drafty fireplace and our normal winter temperatures hover around 22F (-5C) I wanted to test the reflective properties of the chairs. They work well for heat reflection. The leather seats were from leather jackets – one was my late son’s and one from the local Thrift Shop. The blanket chest uses square cut nails and is designed to hold the chair cushions and keep them safe from any critters. The insignia was downloaded from images , printed on brown Kraft paper and then copied onto cloth transfer sheets. Spray glue before varnishing affixed it to the chest . The varnish just serves to protect it .

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#1 posted 11-27-2021 12:14 PM

Nicely done.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 11-27-2021 02:41 PM

Those came out great. I like the surroundings too. It is a great looking place.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 11-27-2021 09:47 PM

Very nice. They certainly fit with the decor. I have an old, heavy wool Hudson Bay Jacket. A Canadian institution although American owned for a few years now.

-- Darrel

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