Dining Chairs

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Project by SawdustTX posted 05-31-2013 07:13 PM 1796 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these chairs in 1987, first a prototype out of poplar, then the set of four out of hard maple. The finish is a couple coats of sealer followed by black Imron two part epoxy paint used on aircraft. It still has that great “wet look” over 25 years later.

I had very limited tools at the time. There are no fasteners used. All joinery is hand cut mortise and tenons glued with urea formaldehyde resin. The back curves are 8 layer bent laminations. I did all the sanding of the curves on a Craftsman belt sander mounted upside down on my bench. Thickness sanding was done with a sanding belt mounted on a homemade bandsaw a friend loaned me. This was a fun project, and the chairs are still in use today, except the poplar prototype did have a leg fail.

My very patient wife is still waiting (25 years later) for the second set of four chairs to complete the dining set….

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#1 posted 05-31-2013 07:21 PM

You have some awesome chairs here! I wish I had the courage to attempt one,....maybe someday.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 08:50 PM

Imron is some tough paint. I have use it on Harleys before but never thought of using it on wood.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#3 posted 06-03-2013 10:20 AM

Good looking chairs.Dining chairs are essential for any dining room.No matter what decor theme your dining room has, dining chairs make an important contribution to the overall interior.

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#4 posted 06-03-2013 10:54 AM

You know… That eighties styling (kind of mimics art deco styling) is going to be a rare collectible some day. Using such a durable finish on very well made chairs has already paid off… And may yet pay more.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#5 posted 06-03-2013 12:32 PM

Excellent builds. Wow! I had a motorcycle painted with Imron paint, many years ago. That was some serious protective paint. Very dangerous also. Those will last a lifetime.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 06-04-2013 03:26 PM

It looks amazing, great design, joinery and colors. Like the modern look of it, very sleek. Impressive work!

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