Mission Dining Chair Set of 8

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Project by Doug McPherson posted 04-13-2011 08:07 PM 2029 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these more than a year ago and it was a long project. A self-test more than anything.

I chose a simple mission-inspired design with mostly straight lines as I wanted to increase my odds of success. One thing worth mentioning is that I made these chairs in a 14×16 basement workshop that did not include a bandsaw at that time. The wood species is red oak. I created some router template/jigs to put over the seats to rough out the contour and sanded them smooth with a sanding disc on a drill.

These now sit in our dining room and are calling for the companion table to join them some day.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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Kenny Blackburn

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 06:51 AM

Very nice looking chairs! Great job!

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#2 posted 04-14-2011 08:06 PM

Lovely chairs. I would like to replace our table and chairs at some point.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#3 posted 04-14-2011 11:12 PM

Are the curved back pieces bent ot sawn? I’d like to know also how you shapped the seats too. Nice job!

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 12:04 AM

Looks very nice Doug. I’ll bet the table will look just as good.

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 04-15-2011 04:01 AM

Thank you for the compliments. David- the backs are not bent, but cut out. I started with 8/4 stock and traced the shape on the top and bottom. Because I didn’t have a bandsaw at the time, I did it the hard way, cutting out the waste with a dado blade, adjusting the height with each pass, being careful to stay below the marked lines. I then finished by using my mounted belt sander to smooth things out.

As far as the seat contour, I cut out oval shapes in three different sizes (large, med., small) in 1/4” hardboard to use as templates for use with the router and pattern bit- shallow cut with the largest oval and slightly deeper with each smaller oval template. That left a rough countour with steps. I then just used a rotary style sander with a hand drill to smoothe out the shape and take a little off the front the seats where your legs hang off the front of the seat. It’s not how Darrell Peart would have done it I’m sure, but it’s what I came up with for my solution at the time.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#6 posted 04-15-2011 08:30 PM

WOW ! A lot of hard work times eight. Nice job.

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#7 posted 04-15-2011 08:35 PM

Nice looking dining room chairs.

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