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Shaker No. 3 dining chair

comments (1) April 21st, 2013 in Reader's Gallery

Chuck_Griffith Charles Griffith, member
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For comfort, the chair leans back 5 degrees.
The distinctive Harvard finial.
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Shaker chairs ranged in size from 0 to 7, so the No. 3 is at the small end of the scale. However, it makes for a fine dining chair, especially if the room and table are relatively small, too. For comfort, this chair leans back five degrees. The back legs and back slats were steam bent. The seat's shape was reproportioned slightly from the original.

The back legs' finials (the Shakers called them pommels) follow a design from the Shaker community in Harvard, MA. The Harvard Shakers cut a scribe line around their finials, also around the back legs at the bottom edge of each back slat.

Made of cherry and finished with three coats of a mixture of tung oil, boiled linseed oil and varnish, hand-rubbed with 0000 steel wool, followed by two coats of hand-rubbed gel varnish.


Design or Plan used: Traditional Shaker design
posted in: Reader's Gallery, chair, turning, cherry, shaker


Comments (1)

Rewerb Rewerb writes: Great to see your work I made a set of six some years ago as my retirement project, and I made a table it still looks good. Thanks
Posted: 10:14 am on April 24th

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