Prairie Chair and a request for a concurrent incomplete projects contest.

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Project by griph0n posted 08-31-2011 08:08 AM 3578 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m breaking the completed rule, my only excuse is my father has been asking for them.

I don’t know if there’s a thread for the highest number of incomplete, no that’s not right, slowly completing projects managed at the same time. This is one of three of these chairs, the other two are in pieces and the corbels are cut for a fourth. In the meantime I’ve got a large vanity half completed, three fir exterior doors milled (I swear Dawn, I’m on it), the top and parts of a trestle table for my brother (that I bartered for a watch), the parts for a curvy bench milled and shaped from 3 1/2 inch spalted maple and I’ve been buying plans and tools for a Maloof rocker and chair.

Oh, a whole bunch of big bowl blanks cut from more of the spalted maple.

The pictures are a little behind the build. I’ve got a little torsion box in the bottom installed, the serpentine springs installed, the foam cut for the cushions, and the fabric is apparently in the mail.

Hmmmmm maybe I don’t need a bigger shop.

Moving from one projects step to the next is kinda fun though, and they’ll all get done soon, or late.

I think the cherry kitchen I promised my wife is coming too, the wood is stickered out back, but it would work for some shaker projects too. I’ve been eyeing the plans for garret hack’s shaker sideboard and I think I’ve got the joints figgered out….................

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#1 posted 08-31-2011 01:42 PM

These things take time. The chair looks great and I like the roller carts too.

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

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#2 posted 08-31-2011 02:35 PM

That is a very handsome chair. Are you working from plans and what is the wood? Oh, and you’ve got me beat with only 4 or 5 things not quite done. The lure of a new project is hard to resist when the current ones are feeling hard to do. Nice work.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#3 posted 08-31-2011 03:26 PM

awesome chair

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#4 posted 08-31-2011 04:47 PM

Man O Man, I thought I had a lot started! LOL.

Next time you want to start a new project before two are finished, hit yourself in the head with a hammer !

“And I talked to him the other Dawn, honest, he’s on it !”

Great looking chair by the way !

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#5 posted 08-31-2011 05:41 PM

Very nice. I want to build the same thing but in a loveseat. However, my wife thinks the sides are to high to reach over and place something on a side table. Can you tell by now if her fears are all for nothing? Did you use the plans found in Wood Mag a few years back?

-- Don

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#6 posted 08-31-2011 10:08 PM

Don—Like you, I have been salivating over the idea of building a Prairie Settle, but I get the same reaction from SWMBO.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 04:55 AM

Like that chair!


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#8 posted 09-01-2011 05:15 AM

And I thought I had too many irons in the fire at the same time. My dilemma is that three of my projects all need the same wood source and I don’t want to run out of wood on any one of them.

-- A posse ad esse

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#9 posted 09-02-2011 03:00 AM

Hi, thanks for the comments.

The plans are from Rob Lang’s Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture. The wood is walnut. The plans are great but work through the dimensions yourself, there’s a mistake or two.
The plans’ chair is quite short. Browsing the commercial ones on the web i saw many that were built a bit taller. I built one as a reproduction, one with longer legs and one with a longer body. I think I’ll build the fourth one short.
It’s much bigger than I thought. I was shocked when I dry fit them. Quite a big cube. Some of the web ones I’ve seen have no side cushions, I think that’s were the size comes from.

All in all alot of fun and I still quite like their modern, almost bauhaus look. Getting ready to jump on the cushions.

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#10 posted 09-09-2011 07:55 AM

I think there are two books and they are taken from the original drawings. I think a lot of people get confused and think that the original designs are the same as the current line of Mission furniture ( lat ten years )that Stickly Co. has been selling which is actually even larger. Nicely done

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