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This chair was rendered in quarter-sawn white oak from a design by Paul Sellers. It was the single most challenging project I've completed so far. The real tough part was the side rails. They involve cutting the mortise-and-tenon joints with compound angles. This allows the chair to flair out from back to front. It took quite a few tries to get it right, but in the end I'm quite happy with the results.

As you can see I haven't yet put a seat in the chair. I will be attempting to upholster one myself.

Thanks for looking.

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Excellent work. I have only built one chair, which was a prototype and it was certainly challenging. Yours came out really nice.
 

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Are the front legs square with angled tenons or angled with square tenons?
 

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I cheated and bought a set of plans for the 4 Kevin Rodel chairs I made that are similar to this one. The odd angles for the M&T were a real challenge.

The QSWO looks great. I hope you made a set.
 

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Very well done, making a chair is very challenging, not easy for any parts but rewarding at the end, bravo, now you will have to complete the set, at least one more .
 

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I cheated and bought a set of plans for the 4 Kevin Rodel chairs I made that are similar to this one. The odd angles for the M&T were a real challenge.

The QSWO looks great. I hope you made a set.

- EarlS
I'll be making more. Once I got the hang of the M&T joints things went pretty smoothly. It is crucial, as I am sure you know, to have a sharp carcass saw for this project.
 

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I ll be making more. Once I got the hang of the M&T joints things went pretty smoothly. It is crucial, as I am sure you know, to have a sharp carcass saw for this project.

- JDavid
For those of us slackers who haven't bitten off such a project yet, would you mind expanding on the need for a carcass saw?
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I ll be making more. Once I got the hang of the M&T joints things went pretty smoothly. It is crucial, as I am sure you know, to have a sharp carcass saw for this project.

- JDavid

For those of us slackers who haven't bitten off such a project yet, would you mind expanding on the need for a carcass saw?
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The key to the compound-angle M&T joints is to ensure the shoulders are cut precisely to the lines, an operation only possible with a sharp carcass saw. In addition, since you cannot use a (hand-tool) router to fine-tune the tenons to fit into the mortises (there is not a square registration face), cutting the tenons themselves must be done right to the lines so as to minimize the effort to fine-tune them using only a chisel. A dull saw will make your life miserable when attempting these difficult cuts.
 

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Wow. That's a really Impressive design and beautifully executed! I have been putting off making my DR chairs for a good 3 years now, mostly because I know how challenging it will be, in particular the M&T on the angled legs.

Much respect and admiration to you for pulling off such a great design.

A well-deserved DT3!
 

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Looks great. Chairs are certainly a challenging project and yours looks awesome!
 

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Great job. Paul Sellers is a good teacher…

- Tom
He is indeed a good teacher. He's opinionated, sometimes irascible, and he doesn't like criticism, but I've greatly improved my hand-tool skills from watching his videos and reading his blog over the last five years. I can live with his eccentricities not only because of his masterful skills, but because he imparts them with such eager thoroughness.
 

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I cheated and bought a set of plans for the 4 Kevin Rodel chairs I made that are similar to this one. The odd angles for the M&T were a real challenge.

The QSWO looks great. I hope you made a set.

- EarlS

I ll be making more. Once I got the hang of the M&T joints things went pretty smoothly. It is crucial, as I am sure you know, to have a sharp carcass saw for this project.

- JDavid
Rodel's design is beautiful, but I can't abide his techniques, which largely rely on complex jigs and power tools to render the joinery. I suppose if you were a production shop spending the time to do those jigs would pay off in the end, but if you are building one chair (or five chairs) it seems to me building those jigs would be a colossal waste of time.
 

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Nice looking solid chair. That one will be around for ages.
 
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