Hard Maple Kitchen Chairs

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Project by Rob Vicelli posted 02-11-2013 01:11 AM 3062 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is my attempt at I think my hardest project yet- Kitchen chairs to match the table I made last year. After looking around for plans I found this one on FWW, They really fit our style and the wife approved. From the orignal plans I narrowed them am 1” and changed the back splat to maximum width that my Jet 12” bandsaw could cut, 6” and made the top rear rail a little thicker (Just a little extra wiggle room if something did not line up. This is also my first use of my spokeshave for smoothing out the curved pieces, worked OK (had some technique issues). After making a sample chair I decided I needed better mortising jig so I built a Horizontal Mortiser which worked GREAT. I will post that in a separate entry.
I did find that marking all the parts and Tenons to their specific location really helped when assembling. Along with following the FWW Video instruction for creating templates proved invaluable.
Making the cushions was much easier then I anticipated – will not hesitate in doing that again.
For the finish I choose to go with the same as I did on my maple table – Enduro-var by General Finishes. I thought it would be a good idea to brush it on to limit waste – WRONG. My brush technique was terrible and took way too long. After repairing that mess I went with what I know – Spray it on! Turned out really weel and took less then 1 qt for all the chairs.
All in all really happy with the final product, I am sure they will last a very long time.

-- Rob V

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 03:42 AM

Nice job! Table looks good too.

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 03:48 AM

Nice table and chairs !!

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 03:46 PM

great job

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#5 posted 02-11-2013 05:10 PM

Nice sleek, modern design. I’d say you did a great job!
I like the fabric color too.
Chairs and stairs are the hardest woodworking projects you will come across. They are also very rewarding to build. You did this one proud.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 07:21 PM

Excellent work on these chairs! The look great—and hey, wife approved to boot!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 02-12-2013 01:54 AM

great job ,looks really good ,i been looking at some chairs i have to build i like these ,look foward to your Horizontal Mortiser jig this will be my first hope they come out as nice as yours

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 02-12-2013 02:02 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments :)

-- Rob V

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#9 posted 02-12-2013 02:06 AM

Nice work! Do you have a link to the chair plans? Thanks.


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Rob Vicelli

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#10 posted 02-12-2013 02:54 AM

Here is the link – You do need a FWW Membership though –

-- Rob V



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#11 posted 02-12-2013 02:56 AM

Great job on the chairs, very impressive craftsmanship sir.

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#12 posted 02-12-2013 04:19 PM

Great projects to be proud of. The set perfectly matched, sleek and well built chairs and table.

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#13 posted 02-22-2013 05:00 AM

I am impressed. In my humble opinion, when you make chairs, it seems that you can always do “one more thing”.
Great job!

-- Keith - Iowa

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#14 posted 02-23-2013 03:28 AM

Thanks for the comments – Keith I total agree!

-- Rob V

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