Redwood Slab Chair

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Project by Napaman posted 06-17-2013 05:13 AM 3258 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Redwood Slab Chair from an 80 foot redwood tree we took down a year ago. I blogged about cutting and milling the wood here last spring. This is the first project I have used with the wood, but when we get back to Napa (NEXT WEEK WE MOVE HOME!!!) I will begin using the longer slabs for benches and other projects.

This slab was really interesting…I thought about using it as a flat bench for a long time, but in the end I decided to try this and I think, though a bit funky, it turned out better then I thought it was going to be when I was about mid-way through the project.

The difficult part was removing the wood in the seat portion—-as you can see in the photos below I tried cutting out chips with circ saw, angle grinding and sanding…I was not worried because this was not meant to be “fine” wood working but rough was fine…in the end I think I got it really smooth.

The seat back was cut right out of the top of the slab. Attaching it was interesting but in the end I think the solution worked.

This chair is HEAVY and will not move around the yard. I could not wait to put it in the back yard with the green ivy backdrop all winter…finally we got to visit our house and I left it up there a couple months ago.

This week I got to go back and sit in it while I was up for training for my new job…and it felt really good. Its pretty comfortable.

The “legs” are meant to be STURDY runners so that it can sit on the ground…as the plants fill in around it they will be hidden a bit. In the winter I will have to position it so the rain can drip out of it…

Unfortunately the pictures above were taken in FULL sun…and do not show well…but in the morning this position gets nice morning sun and light up…

I filled the area between the seat and seat back with thickened epoxy (as well as spots on the chair that had imperfections) and it looks good once hardened and varnished.

The chair is finishid with two (or three???) coats of clear spar varnish. I may add some more…but in better light the wood is really nice.

Below are some more picts.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 06-17-2013 05:29 AM

Cool looking chair Matt.
I bet it’ll even get prettier with age.
Nice job on putting it together.

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#2 posted 06-17-2013 07:11 AM

Great shots along the way Matt of the WIP, looks like a well thought out project & the result seems to point that way as well “)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 06-17-2013 11:18 AM

Great looking chair! I’ll bet it took a TON of sanding!
Glad to hear you are finally getting back “home”.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 06-17-2013 01:46 PM

Neat project! Thanks for sharing the process.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 06-17-2013 02:57 PM

Hi Matt,

Cool chair! I bet you’re glad to be headed home.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 06-17-2013 03:00 PM

Hi Matt.
Great idea to carve out the seat area. Beautiful wood. I haven’t checked in here for a while. I’m glad I did. I’m contemplating doing some slab stuff as well, no redwood close to me, though. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#7 posted 06-17-2013 03:05 PM

It’s nice and unusual. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 06-17-2013 03:20 PM

Ha! love it. I knew a logger that’d carve one out of an old stump to sit at while he ate lunch for the few days they were in the area.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 06-17-2013 03:37 PM

Cool looking seat! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#10 posted 06-17-2013 03:54 PM

Good Build!
welcome Home!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#11 posted 06-18-2013 02:44 AM

thanks guys!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 06-18-2013 04:33 AM

I think that it might look better a little bit to the right and back a few feet. No, no, maybe over there a little further and…No, no, how about….. All kidding aside, where are the cup holders?

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#13 posted 06-18-2013 03:27 PM

lol….good thoughts Greg!

It will move…especially when I get my newly-rebuilt and re-finished adirondack chairs up in that spot…this chair will move to the left where there is more green behind and plantings around the base/feet to hide them…

Like I said—-the light was bad…and when the morning light hits this area the wood really looks awesome…this is the first project that the pictures make the chair look worse—-usually my pictures hide (sometimes) imperfections…this time it was the other way around…in person the wood and finish came out really nice…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 06-19-2013 08:35 PM

Awesome chair! Beautiful wood and great design. Like the carved seat, looks very comfy. A great addition to the yard.

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