Because the general contracting side of the business has been super busy, I haven't had much of a chance to spend any time in the shop lately, although I've continued to accumulate furniture-building materials (olds doors, barn lumber, etc.). Unfortunately, there is definitely such a thing as having too much 'stuff', and this weekend - because the shop was about to bust at the seams - I had to start turning old doors, random cut-offs, and whatever I could think to use into products.
As I alluded to previously, I generally have a decent supply of old doors at any given time. It's almost impossible for me to drive around the city to jobs, from jobs, to the grocery store, pretty much anywhere, without seeing a door or two being thrown out. Hollow core doors, or doors that are pretty close to destroyed, I leave alone. But the solid doors, the old-school doors, whether they've got 1 panel or 5, I grab, take to the shop, and...sometimes they just sit there. For a loooooooong time.
Anyhow...this weekend, I started going through the inventory of doors and identified what each one would ultimately become. When I ran across a 24" door, I was a little bit stumped. It's width was too small for any of the projects I'd been thinking about, so I put on my thinking cap (I consulted Google) and decided that that particular door would make for a pretty interesting chair. I didn't copy anybody's design, and chose instead to sort of make it all up as I went along. This sometimes leads to super inefficient work, but that's all part of the creative process, right?
Became this chair:
The construction took a little more time than I thought it would - despite what anything looks like in the above picture, nothing is (by design) at any kind of convenient 45 or 90 degree angle - but she turned out far more solid than I had envisioned, and the door was just the right amount of "worn" to yield a pretty good patina.