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Project by Monty Queen posted 10-14-2013 02:49 AM 1727 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks, It has been awhile since I have posted any thing. I could not wait to finish this chair to put it on this sight and explain my find. My wife and I went on a ride in the country and we came across a garage sale. I stopped and notice up against a tree was these backs of a chair and the seat front. I was talking to the gentlemen about them. He was a retired wood worker that had hurt his back and could not work any more. He had 12 backs and fronts of the chairs, Pic 2 and 3 that he was selling. He told me he was moving to Kentucky and he needed the money. So he made a offer the I felt I could not refuse. I knew I would have to get legs or make them, make the seats and I would have to finish them. I thought I could finish them and sell them and make a little money on them. I only finished one of them so far. I am not in a hurry. I wanted to finish the first one to see how long it would take me to complete. The wood of the chair was genuine mahogany. I made the legs out of mahogany. I made a template and cut the legs out with my band saw and shaped them. I made the seats using 3/4 plywood, 2inch foam and upholster cloth. I used special walnut as the stain and used lacquer for the finish. I think the first one turned out good. I would like some feed back on the chair positive of neg . Thanks for looking

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 03:01 AM

Very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 03:01 AM

what a great find monty
and from the process pics
you have given them some real life

take your time
they will be heirlooms

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Monty Queen

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#3 posted 10-14-2013 03:08 AM

Thanks David, I will take my time. I tend to get impatient with project that tend to take a while. I promised my wife I would take my time and do them right.. Thanks for commenting.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 10-14-2013 03:22 AM

I’ve seen reproduction chairs in that general style
(I’ll call it Chippendale/ Queen Anne) priced for pretty big bucks.

I haven’t assessed what the differences are between
the real reproduction quality stuff and mass produced
junk. Usually the mass production stuff is mushy
around the details.

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#5 posted 10-14-2013 12:18 PM

Love them Monty. Wish I’d have gone by the garage sale myself. You did the parts proud for sure. Did you get the extra mahogany from Mann or do you have another source around town? I’m just about finished with a Greene and Greene hall table that I had wanted to do in mahogany, but ended up driving up to Asheville to the Scroungers paradise place and grabbing some Spanish Cedar. Looks pretty good, but I can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t have come out even better with the Mahogany.

Looking forward to seeing the set of your chairs complete.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 10-14-2013 12:40 PM

Great job, Monty. Just from looking at the photos, I would never have guessed those weren’t the original legs. Really nice save on those old parts!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 10-14-2013 04:13 PM

WOW, Monty. That chair turned out great!!!!!!!! It looks like you can make a complete set for around the dining room table with 12 sets of parts! I like the choice of fabric. It fits the period look!!!!!!!!
You sure made great matching legs, too…................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 10-14-2013 08:15 PM

really sweet monty, you did a great job on the finish and legs, that will be some set of chairs…post when there all done, i would think you need to make a table for this…you just have to…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 10-15-2013 04:14 AM


What an ambitious project . . . but it will be well worth it! You’ve made a wonderful start. Can’t wait to see them all finished and lined up for a photo!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 10-15-2013 12:50 PM

Fantastic Monty. WowZa!!

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

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#11 posted 12-22-2013 02:07 PM

I love the color of the chair! It looks like you did a really nice job with the upholstery.

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#12 posted 12-22-2013 02:53 PM

That is definitely a great find on those parts and you are certainly making good use of them. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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