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Just finished a set of 6 chairs. They are from a Fine Woodworking article, I also ordered the plans with full size templates to make construction easier. The design is similar to the original Stickley piece, but the back has more detail.

I built the chairs from QS White Oak. After planing, stock was run through the drum sander. After that, a few swipes with a low angle jack plane, then a smoother gave me a surface ready for finish. Curved pieces were cleaned up with a spoke shave to remove band saw marks, then finished with a card scraper. Joints are all mortise and tenon with ebony plugs at the crest rails.

The slats for the back, as well at the rails were stained and sealed with shellac before assembly. I used Rockler's Arts & Crafts Cherry stain, then sealed it with 3 coats of 2# cut garnet shellac. I applied one coat before assembly, the sprayed 2 coats. After wet sanding with 400 grit, I applied 2 coats of Minwax wipe on poly. Some dining guests may spill wine, and shellac does poorly with alcohol. I then wet sanded with 400 grit, then to red Scotch Brite. The chairs were finished with Renaissance Paste wak applied with 4/0 steel wool.

Construction of the chairs were helped greatly by the use of an STS slot mortiser, review here http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/604 Now it's on to the table!

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I love art and crafts furniture. You've done justice to the style and I applaud your patience with the amount of finishing you did. Fantastic job!
 

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Magnificent! I can't wait to build my set after I build Schroeder's table. I finally convinced my girlfriend that our old table is too small. I'm definitely going to look into this plan. Thanks for the great info and detailed photos. What table are you going to build?
 

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Great looking chair. I like the dove tails on the stretchers a very nice touch.
 

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Great job on a classic set of chairs!
 

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I borrowed a copy of these plans from my neighbor, glad to see someone built them. These are next on the house project list. Looks awesome.
 

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Very nice job. How long did it take you to do six? Wonderful finish.
 

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Thanks for the kind words.

Skully; I will build a butterfly leaf table. Veneer top with inlay on the top and apron. Paul Schurch covered construction and design of on in Fine Woodworking. Online only article.

Mike; I have 200 hours in them. I can reduce that to 150 on the next set. Savings will come from being able to see 3 steps ahead, and gang up on some operations to save resetting machines and jigs.
 

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Awesome chair Marco!
 

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great looking chair…very well done
 

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Great job Marco. I do love the "Arts & Crafts" style. I like the combination of stickley and Greene and Greene. Very nice finish job also. that is the one place I believe I need more patience.
 

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Thanks Woodbear. I think we all have the tendency to feel like the project is finished after the sawdust is done flying.
 

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This is a fine looking chair Marco it's the details that make the difference.
 

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Thanks Jim. It seems to get daunting when doing details, then making 6 of them. I'm sure the next batch will go easier.
 

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Marco ,Your work is balanced and easy on the eyes, kudos.
 

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I love Kevin Rodel's chair design. It is the best I have seen. Your craftsmanship truly does it justice.
Bravo!
 

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Marco,

Your project sure turned out nice. I have one of these same chairs done and am now working on the next nine. May I ask how thick the seat foam is that you used on your chairs? I've heard of some woodworkers using 2" and some are using 1".

Thanks, Dale.
 

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Absolutely gorgeous! I hate to say this on a site like this, but it seems that all too often, homemade woodworking looks like just that. This is 110% professional.
 
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