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    DC 09 Chairs - completion

    The background is the decision to build a larger dining table, one to seat 8 as opposed to the 6 as with the current table ...





    Since the new table will have a contemporary, modern design, the carver chairs would fit with this, and the existing vintage bentwood chairs would blend in. My wife and I liked the size of this table (not the design), and were taken with the chairs ...





    Here they are from all angles ...





    And this is the one I used as a model ...





    Now the challenge was to build two chairs as close as possible without any given plans and having to create these and the dimensions from photos on the Internet. All-in-all, I spent some 5 months (of weekends) building these two chairs, in USA Rock Maple (which will be used for the top of the new dining table). I am definitely certifiable.


    The build is elsewhere but I shall add a few photos here of the finishing tasks.


    The first was that of glueing the arms to the legs. With all the angles, it was not possible to use clamps. My solution was to use packing tape - it has a little flex to pull tighter, and will hold at any angle ...





    The second task was to cut the end of the legs square with the floor. The kitchen bench top was a more reliable choice than the workshop floor ...











    The chairs were sanded to 240 grit and received a coat of hard wax oil. Tomorrow I will denib this and add a second coat. Here are photos from various angles. How close did I get ...

















    Thanks for the support along the way.


    Regards from Perth


    Derek

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    That was an amazing build. Not something I could do but following the build was interesting. I also enjoyed how you struggled and solved the problems.

    I really enjoyed reading and seeing the progress pictures. It is difficult to write a build along thread. Yours was very clear and easy to follow and the pictures were crisp and easy to see.

    Now, I am waiting for your next project !!

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    Thanks Larry!

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Derek that was an amazing project, clearly explained for the rest of us, and what a beautiful result!

    Love the packing tape - can't tell you how often that, or sometimes shrink wrap, or both, has been my go-to.

    smt

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    Very nice visually. How do they sit?

    Mike

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    Thanks Stephen. The tape was an inspiration at the time. Life saver.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Very nice, I have enjoyed reading along as you have built these.
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    Great finish to the project.

    Enjoyed watching and reading along.

    jtk
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    Thanks RON. Thanks Jim.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike King View Post
    Very nice visually. How do they sit?

    Mike
    Mike, they are pretty comfortable. The seats are tilted appropriately, and there is enough scoop. I did a lot of shaping on the back, getting the right angle and amount of flat. There are many details like this that I have not included in the build - just too many finicky bits and pieces for the flow of reading. But in the end I think it works well.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Beautiful work as per usual, Derek. Thank you for the thorough documentation.

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    Great job. I like the stools as well, but I've always loved those bentwood cafe chairs- so light and efficient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Cohen View Post
    Mike, they are pretty comfortable. The seats are tilted appropriately, and there is enough scoop. I did a lot of shaping on the back, getting the right angle and amount of flat. There are many details like this that I have not included in the build - just too many finicky bits and pieces for the flow of reading. But in the end I think it works well.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Fantastic!

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    Those very elegant and masterfully made.

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    Very nice work Derek I had no doubt you could complete a chair that more then 95 % like the black ones. The slight difference I see isnít worth mentioning.
    Rock hard maple is a difficult wood to work. Bravo
    Aj

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    Beautiful work, Derek, and I do believe you're exceeding your usual excellence in posting the process as well. Thank you for sharing this out to all who will look!

    But, honestly--Realistic MC-60s? You couldn't find a scrap of wood somewhere, so we could all deny knowing how old that thing is?!

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