Steam bent walnut dining chairs

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Project by Loren posted 04-12-2014 12:17 AM 2752 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Took about 3 months to figure out the frames and invent
all the jigs to make the parts. I was burned out after
that and got back to finishing them and doing the slip
seats in the last few weeks.

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#1 posted 04-12-2014 12:45 AM

They’re worth the wait…gorgeous chairs.

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#2 posted 04-12-2014 12:47 AM

Nice to see these finished, they turned out really beautiful. I’m in the last stages of finishing the steam-bent Adirondack chair, and I’ll post photos of that soon. (I did have some problems with tear out from bending without strapping.)

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#3 posted 04-12-2014 02:14 AM

Brilliant Loren, these are way beautiful!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 04-12-2014 02:53 AM


-- Joel

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#5 posted 04-12-2014 12:52 PM

Those are are great looking, very well done.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 04-12-2014 05:04 PM

beautiful chairs!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 04-12-2014 08:45 PM

beautiful looking chairs.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 04-12-2014 10:10 PM

Great job sir. Your normal awesome work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 04-12-2014 11:52 PM

Thanks Monte. You’ll notice my output is limited.

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#10 posted 04-12-2014 11:57 PM

Nice Chairs Loren!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 09-22-2016 01:29 PM

These chairs are great! I tried my hand at steam bending and really enjoyed it. I only did a fraction of what you had to do, but it was fun nonetheless. I recently got a load of air dried walnut, cherry and a bit of hickory that I’m really looking forward to making into furniture with some bends!

Also, IDK if you planned it this way, but i admire that you have 2 and 4 slats in your chairs, instead of an odd number. I hate it when you have an odd number, and the slat is RIGHT in the MIDDLE, where one’s backbone rubs against it. Little things like that matter!

-- Pete

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#12 posted 09-22-2016 03:55 PM

I did plan the gap for the spine in the middle.

If I build a set I will but the slats in the armchair
more evenly but I did the side chair first in this
set and had to imitate the same spacing for the
middle slats in the armchair. The gap between
the center slats in the armchair is wider than
the slats on the edges. While this is aesthetically
ok I think with the 4 slats it would look better
perfectly spaced and the 2-slat chair should
imitate the 4-slat chair, not the other way ‘round
like I did here.

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