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Thread: Source for Chairs?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV

    Source for Chairs?

    So, Getting ready to build a nice big maple craftsman like table for the dining room. My question is, does anyone have a source for unfinished craftsman/mission type chairs? Not sure I want to build a bunch of chairs, but depending on the cost, I might. I just wanted to see if it there were any good sources for them out there.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Not sure I want to build a bunch of chairs, but depending on the cost, I might. I just wanted to see if it there were any good sources for them out there.
    Why not build them. I have do designs for the church commision. They are on the design forum. These chair can be built for less then 20 worth of wood each. In a couple of weeks I'll be posting pictures of the building of the chairs. start on the table then when your ready for the chairs I'll have mine done. There not hard to build.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Similar situation Brent.
    One of my next projects is a long cherry and poplar trestle table for the dining room. The prospect of building 8-10 dining room chairs in the shaker/early American style is daunting to say the least.
    I'm very interested in what the guys have to say about sources or plans.
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  4. #4
    WOOD magazine has had several chair plans over the years, including a 'Craftsman' style. Check their website... they have a download area... probably cost you $10 or thereabouts. Chairs aren't hard, they just require 'jigging up'. I've built something between 200 and 300 chairs for other people over the past 10 years .It can get tiresome making the same part 32 times, but you can do it.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    only thing i can say brent, if you're going to design your own, draw it up on paper/sketchup first, then build a prototype out of pine, that way any design/assembly bugs can be worked out DAMHIKT...

    after i built the prototype, i knew what needed fixing, and what didn't, and used the parts from the prototype as templates for the real chairs.
    benedictione omnes bene

  6. #6
    I was at an Antique concinement auction yesterday, you would not believe how Maple chairs are "Given away" Some great looking chairs and no bidders, so visit a few high end estate auctions till you see a set of your choice. Most just need a little cleaning up, or top coating.

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