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I got 10 of these chairs for free from a friend.

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I want to have them better match up with my table, so I decided to remodel them with cloth backs and seats and encase the steel frame in walnut. At first, I didn't like that protruding edge along the upper part of the chair. Then I came up with an idea to use it to my advantage.
 

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Project was started redoing the seats and back; I decided to cushion them. Luckily, I saved the foam from my poker table build; it was enough for several of the seats. Extra foam was gotten from JoAnn's.

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The foam was spray glued to the vinyl, then covered with cloth and stapled down. The extra cloth was trimmed off afterwards.

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The finished products:

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All ten seats are done; two of the backs are done. In keeping with my theme of using red and blue card decks for my games, I went with red and blue suited speedcloth. The upholstering didn't turn out too bad, imo. I'll work on 5 chairs at a time; first the red set, then the blue set.

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I plugged the legs with a piece of wood, as I intend to use casters on the chairs. The wood was formed to fit tightly and gorilla-glued into place; a slightly undersized pilot hole was drilled first before inserting the piece.
 

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They call me the jigmeister at the woodworking club. A sample of the many jigs I'll be using to manufacture the chairs.

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These two took a long time to make, but will be worth the effort. They keep the rear pieces parallel to each other and tight against the back rest while the rear portion of the chair is being assembled.

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Dry fitting now.

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Some of the legs have gotten bent out of position over time. I'm going to have to bend them back into place before assembling each chair.
 
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I LOVE the chairs. They look comfortable, classy, sturdy, and not too wide (so you can fit more folks around the table when necessary).
 

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First chair 95% done. A little touch up around the joints; fabricate and attach the top piece; install the casters; attach the seat. I used a couple of coats of low gloss tung oil finish and furniture wax.

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The cross brace was covered with two pieces that fit against it when they were glued together.

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To satisfy my OCD and maintain as much of the grain pattern for the two front legs, I split the piece in two on a band saw, then ran the rough edges once or twice through a jointer until they were perfectly flat before gluing them together around the steel leg. This way, you only lose at most 1/16" of material and it's pretty hard to see where the lines are. A table saw removes 1/8" and it's clearly visible where the cut was made.

The engineer in me was saying the rear stiles should come apart to allow replacement of the fabric, but I thought this would detract from the chair's overall appearance. I'm thinking about routing some type of symbol in the top piece, like a fleur de lis, diamond, etc. Since there are 10 chairs, I can't use the card suit symbols equally. Any suggestions are welcome.
 

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Two sets of card symbols and two jokers?

Can do two of each suit, a joker, and a bug (joker from a Bee Club Special deck).

Or two of each suit, a Joker, and a Dealer. (Words instead of symbols.)

Other thoughts -

Do you have/plan a CPC or other custom set? Perhaps to work with that?

Alternately - 10, J, Q, K, A, twice each (perhaps in hearts and spades.) Gives all ten chairs individual names, too. Seven template setups, though.

And now, getting crazy... what's your favorite chip mold? I think Diamond Square would look good on the crown pieces...
 

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They call me the jigmeister at the woodworking club. A sample of the many jigs I'll be using to manufacture the chairs.

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Some of the legs have gotten bent out of position over time. I'm going to have to bend them back into place before assembling each chair.

Yeah, Abby's sister leaned back in one of these and the legs folded. It was one chair with the back legs, right?
 

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By the way, that woodworking setup is the shiz-nitz!!!

Everything in its place! I'm jealous!
 

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Such nice work Inlver. You skills in woodworking are very impressive. I can knock out a poker table no problem but couldn't build a chair as nice as that.
 

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I'm thinking about routing some type of symbol in the top piece, like a fleur de lis, diamond, etc. Since there are 10 chairs, I can't use the card suit symbols equally. Any suggestions are welcome.

Ace through Ten (pick your favorite suit). Fabricate matching seating buttons for your dual-purpose seating chairs.
 

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I was thinking about making cards to match the individual chair - like blue club, red club, etc. I could use the four suits and a fleur de lis for each set.
 

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More fabricating today.

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Before attaching to the foam, I mark the direction of the cloth so that they're all right side up. Then I spray adhesive onto the foam and position the cloth. I learned that the adhesive doesn't bind the cloth very long to the foam, so I only sprayed right before I was ready to staple.

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Stapling is getting easier now that I figured out the best technique. I butchered the first chair and I'll probably redo it since I have some leftover cloth. I can knock one out in around 20 minutes now.

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After stapling, I glue the exposed edges of the cloth to the back, because I don't want there to be any problems when I fit the rear leg stiles to the frame. The frame fits inside the slot that is cut in the upper part of the stile. It's a fairly tight fit, and I don't want the cloth to back up and potentially be visible.

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Spitting 'em out like watermelon seeds.

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Ace through Ten (pick your favorite suit). Fabricate matching seating buttons for your dual-purpose seating chairs.

Very much this.

Ace-10 of Spades or Hearts if you want so it keeps with the red theme.

Then you must find a set of the OWPS suits seating buttons that would go with the chairs. Ten chairs with ace-ten on top with matching seating buttons, table plaque, and dealer button. Yeah, do that! :)

Then you might as well find 30 more chairs and do all the suits... ;)
 

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Very nice work yes, you arr working on some tables too?
And did you put symbols on the chairs finally?
A picture of the 10 chairs around a table could be nice!
 

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I'm still working on these. The red set is done; working on the blues now. I'm leaning towards a 'fleur de lis' pattern; I may have to learn how to carve.
 
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