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These chairs are based on the proportions of a Shaker No. 3 side chair. The finials are patterned after ones characteristic of the Shaker community in Harvard, Mass. Each weighs only five pounds, yet they are very strong. Another thing is that as you shift around sitting in them, they flex with you. That, combined with the five degree lean back and the woven seat, makes them extremely comfortable.
The legs and spindles are of regular cherry. The back slats of five are of figured cherry, which I bought after the first chair (middle back row) had already been made. Oh well. Finished with a mixture of hand-rubbed varnish, tung oil and boiled linseed oil.
The chair leans back five degrees for comfort. Which means the legs bottoms have to be angled by five degrees as well.
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