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This is a prototype chair that I put together using some cutoff lengths of ash given to me by a retiring woodworker. None of the boards was wide enough to build the back legs, so I glued up a pair of them to make a board wide enough to build the curved back legs. I fully expected that I would likely scrap the project before it was done since this is my first attempt at compound angled mortices and tenons, so I paid no attention to matching grain or color when gluing up the stock for the legs. (My blog here
describes how I 'cheated' my way to getting the compound tenons made.) Much to my surprise, the chair turned out to be usefully serviceable despite the mismatched grain. Doing this project taught me a lot about chair making. The next time around I will use matching lumber and play with the back rest design a bit, as well using doubly curved back legs.

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Mike,

Nice job on your first chair. I often make prototypes of individual pieces like tapered legs with mortise joints. Give you confidence.

Yes grain selection and orientation is important and gives projects a wow factor. I am just starting to pay attention to this factor.
 

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Nice prototype. Chairs seem to be great candidates for prototyping because you never know how they are going to feel until you sit in them.
 
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