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Chair wood selection

by Jeremymcon
posted 02-18-2017 02:17 AM

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 03:38 AM

I’ve made chairs. It’s hard.

There are several decent books available
on making chairs. I made a few chairs from
plans in books before designing my own.

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 04:36 PM

Hi Jeremy,

Loren said it straight up “Chairs are hard”, especially as a “one-off”.
Before using that prized walnut build a couple for the front porch out of more forgiving wood.
There are a number of Windsor chair making classes out there.
I’d also avoid mixing air, kiln or green wood.
And if you do mix species I’d also be mindful of wood movement trying to use similar spec’d choices.
I’ve seen but haven’t used thermally treated lumber – could be an interesting option.

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