Dining chairs

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Dining chairs

Postby rscrawford » Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:03 am

Finally got around to making new chairs for our dining room (made cherry chairs before but our entire house is walnut so I wanted walnut chairs to match the walnut table).

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48 back slats. Didn't take a picture of the jig to make these, but I cut the front profile into a slab of walnut, then bandsawed it off the slab, clamped it on a jig and cut the back profile. 48 of these took about 2 hours. 1/8" round over on the router table.


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Vacuum jig for making the front legs. Indexes to my aluminum vacuum jig, and was pulling 18" hg with an old dental wet vac.


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Back legs, showing mortises
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby rscrawford » Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:13 am

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Vacuum jig for making the top and bottom rails for the chair backs. I bandsaw the waste off so I get a smoother cut. Vertical vacuum jigs like this don't need much pressure to hold the parts. This is made out of MDF and I think was pulling 10"hg.


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Vacuum jig for the back legs. I cut out a template and traced out the legs in 6/4 stock, bandsawed outside of the line, then face jointed and planed to thickness, placed them on the jig and cut out all the mortises, dados and profiles. Easier to avoid the knots and get the prettier grain this way.


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All the seats and front legs


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Re: Dining chairs

Postby rscrawford » Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:15 am

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Front leg joint


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Back leg joint


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8 chairs ready for sanding
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby ohiococonut » Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:11 am

Wow! Very impressive Russell.
That takes a lot of walnut. It's got to give you a great sense of satisfaction knowing you made them and they'll last for several lifetimes. I'd love to see a picture of them when they're finished.
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby scottp55 » Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:29 am

VERY NICE Russell,
Thanks for all the pics and the walk-through! :)
Going to be beautiful!!
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby kilrabit » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:54 pm

Russell,
You are not putting long screws through the center of the joints like the normal Maloof style joint?
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby rscrawford » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:46 pm

I am not using screws on these. I use them on my rocking chairs because of the added stress from rocking. I don't use them on my stools, and only use them in certain situations on chairs. The front legs on these chairs are similar to my stools, and the joint is plenty strong to last for generations without the screw. The back leg has the added support from the two rails forming the back rest that sit into 3/4" deep mortises. Without that bottom rail adding support so close to the back leg joint, I would use 3" #14 screws to add support.
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby zeeway » Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:27 pm

Russell,

Beautiful work, as usual. Thank you for taking the time to show us how you do your chairs. I am always intrigued by your jigs and your super accuracy in the joints...and more than a bit envious, too. I still go back and study your posts on your rockers for tips.

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Re: Dining chairs

Postby armbrusterco » Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:21 pm

They look terrific, even before finishing! Thanks for showing the steps involved and the jigs that you use.
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby WoodEraser » Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:13 pm

Russell,

Beautiful work as usual.
Thank You for posting the steps involved.
I would like to see a finished picture.
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby rscrawford » Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:27 am

Forgot to add updated pictures.
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby ohiococonut » Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:25 pm

Heirlooms are born.
Beautiful!
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby scottp55 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:57 pm

Yep, Look like they may only be good for 10-30 generations though :)
Beautiful Work Russell!!
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby Fleming » Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:13 pm

Russell you are a master craftsman!!! :D

Keep inspiring us.
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Re: Dining chairs

Postby martin54 » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:15 pm

Thanks for the update Russell, always better if you can see the process through from start to finish. Sure they will be an inspiration to many on the forum, same as other examples of your work you have posted.
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