Set of Teague Dining Room Chairs

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Project by noahhl posted 05-27-2013 07:05 AM 5200 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of twelve dining room chairs based on the Fine Woodworking ””Build an Elegant Dining Chair video workshop series and plans by Matthew Teague.

A few (low quality) pictures of the construction process:

Starting with full size drawings from the side and at seat level:

The first of two prototypes I built out of scrap pine before committing to a big lumber order:

Raw stock getting ready to be machined. Chairs are entirely made from hard maple:

I built a crude horizontal slot mortiser out of drawer slides to try to cut the numerous angled mortises. It ended up being too difficult to secure the workpiece, so I switched to using my MortisePal and a set of wedges:

A stack of seat rails partway through the mortising. In all, more than 200 mortises were cut for the set of chairs:

Front leg and seat rail combos being glued up:

A stack of rough back legs waiting to be shaped on the router table:

Shaping finished and ready for mortising:

I don’t have any pictures of shaping the backs, but it was certainly the hardest part. I didn’t do a very good job at cutting them out on the bandsaw, so there was a lot of shaping to be done with a variety of sanders and spokeshaves.

Band clamps and wedges worked well to bring everything tight:

More band clamps to bring the whole chair together:

The upholstery was surprisingly easy. Just cut, glue, pull, and staple. Close to 5000 staples used in all:

An improvised turntable from a spare seat blank worked well for finishing. I decided to spray finish with one thin coat of shellac and three coats of General Finishes Endurovar.

Hope you enjoyed! This was by far the most ambitious project I’ve taken on, and while it didn’t turn out perfectly, at least they don’t fall apart when you sit on them!

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#1 posted 05-27-2013 08:29 AM

Now what pray tell is not perfect in those chairs? Wonderful build…thanks for all the pictures along the way… And Welcome to LJ’s

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 09:41 AM

Great job! Very nice looking set. Thanks for sharing.
Welcome to LJs.

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 10:35 AM

Great job. Excellent pictorial.

Welcome to LumberJocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 12:07 PM

This is a very nice set of chairs. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-27-2013 12:49 PM

I think that you did a fantastic job, that is one beautiful dinning set. Chairs can be a challenge. Go Pens !!!!

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#6 posted 05-27-2013 01:06 PM

wow very nice.excellent build.

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 05-27-2013 01:33 PM

Wow. Really beautiful job. Thanks for posting.

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#8 posted 05-27-2013 01:53 PM

beautiful set

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#9 posted 05-27-2013 02:12 PM

Outstanding work,great build/


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#10 posted 05-27-2013 02:13 PM

Must give you a tip of the hat on this project, you my friend are very ambitious. You dinning rm. set came out beautifully and the color really makes the design stand out. But to take on such a project in a small basement shop show a great drive in your woodworking skills and should be commented. Great work on your part hope everyone at home really appreciates you hard work and enjoy all those future family meals…BC PS…just check out your bio page and I see you new to the site…WELCOME TO THE SITE OF SITE LUMBER JOCKS!

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#11 posted 05-27-2013 02:41 PM

great work

-- Joel

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#12 posted 05-27-2013 03:16 PM

Very nice chairs! It looks like you had some fun making them.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 05-28-2013 12:08 AM

Great job on the chairs. Building one chair is challenging enough, twelve is quite a task, but I’m sure oit provides a great sense of satisfaction on a job well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 05-28-2013 12:35 AM

Wow! You did a really great job building those chairs! Another WOW!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#15 posted 05-28-2013 05:43 PM

Great build. I have yet to tackle a dining room set just because I’m intimidated by chairs. Awesome job jumping in and having an amazing outcome. Also, thank you for all the pictures along the way.

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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