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So I am doing a version of a Southwestern style chair for fun and to see if I can. I am basing it on this one but will be putting my own slant on it and using what I have on hand as opposed to sourcing parts. I will be using goatskin leather, quarter sawn cherry, some bass or other wood for the slats, and steel studs. Mine will be different but hopefully capture the flavor of the original. I am also looking at using some madrone burl

 

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I am having so much fun with this will post some pics tomorrow. Most of what I build lately are from the plans book and although I enjoy it, and modify it a little, the goal there is to replicate the historical accuracy to a degree and stick to the plans, this one I am just making it up as I go. I made up four legs by laminating craft sticks as a core and am veneering them on the four sides with madrone burl. Madrone, being a California/Oregon wood seems perfect for Southwest style. The stretchers are wood covered with goatskin leather and will have a row of tacks. The arms are quarter sawn cherry and extend back a little to hold the backrest at the proper angle. That's about as far as I am so far pictures to follow

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burl legs still needing veneer trimming. i expect the oil finish will really make the grain pop out

the leather covered stretchers one has a row of tacks the others still to do

and the leather covered seat cushion base still needs some final trimming i see

 

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On 9/16/2020 at 8:58 AM, jaxenro said:

So I am doing a version of a Southwestern style chair for fun and to see if I can. I am basing it on this one but will be putting my own slant on it and using what I have on hand as opposed to sourcing parts. I will be using goatskin leather, quarter sawn cherry, some bass or other wood for the slats, and steel studs. Mine will be different but hopefully capture the flavor of the original. I am also looking at using some madrone burl

 

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Love your chair!

 

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Not sure what I like better under the oil finish - the quarter sawn cherry on the arms or the madrone burl on the legs

anyway a little cleanup and on to the backrest then the cushions

 

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Coming together I need to make and add leather cushions

The oil is still a little wet here

The back has a burl panel to match the legs

I think I have enough tacks left to do a matching footstool although veneering the smaller legs will be interesting

I like to think I captured some of the southwestern "flavor" in a mission style although I am not sure how it matches up to the original

 

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Ooh thanks for that link! Lots of pretty pieces. I need something to transform the ends of a sofa my sister gave me years ago. I was thinking some sort of southwestern wood applique but I like these better! 

 

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It’s where I got the tacks I used here. I need to order some more I like how they look on the chair and I had an idea to use them to make a padded back similar to what I did here. 

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That chair back doesn't look very comfortable! but definitely looks the part.  On you sample photo those look like old brass upholstery tacks on the stretchers.

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