A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Four

I mixed some thin paint in, what was a popular mid-Georgian shade of green and gave both chairs a couple of coats.

Each coat of paint was rubbed back and then a brown-ish glaze was applied to the chairs to accentuate the grain (still discernible through the thin paint) and to impart some semblance of age (figs. 1 to 7).

Fig. 1.

Fig. 2.

Fig. 3.

Fig. 4.

Fig. 5.

Fig. 6.

Fig. 7.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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14 Responses to A Pair of Forest Chairs – Part Four

  1. René says:

    Boah! – Until now I thought: “Well, just another chair built…”
    But honestly it is far more than just a chair build; As you know, as we all know.
    What make me commenting is that color. Such a beauty. I didn’t expected that. I like the chair with the paint more than without it.


  2. Gavin says:

    Another chair build? I completely agree with the finish, there is a depth to it that an opaque paint job wouldn’t hold a match to. I think the amount of work in chair is something to be respected. There was another maker whom I cannot remember offhand wishing that customers appreciated the amount of work in a chair versus a table but loved making tables because the perceived value meant he made more money on them- and hopefully sold a full complement of chairs with it.

    I meant to ask on a previous post regarding the steam bending of the arms. Was the ash seasoned or green? I have not had a lot of experience with bending and read some conflicting information regarding what initial moisture content the timber can be in to do so. I imagine that different timber species yield different results.

    Regards, Gav


    • Jack Plane says:

      The ash had been lying in a shed for four years and outdoors under cover for about eight years prior to that. Green timber bends easily, but virtually any wood (including kilned stuff) that’s fairly straight-grained can be bent.



      • Gavin says:

        Thanks, always easier to get plausible information from someone who actually does it. Really enjoy reading about your builds and the level of knowledge you have built up from years of experience.

        Thanks again,


  3. Jim Pallas says:

    They look inviting, comfortable and cool for sitting in the shade on a hot summer day. They just seem to call one to rest and enjoy a cool drink with friends. Very nice.


  4. Berniesr says:

    I think that the chairs are glorious . You comments above regarding bending wood are interesting as I have tendency to overthink things. Well done from another amateur woodworker


  5. Ged says:

    Very nice indeed! May I ask what the make up of the glaze was?


    • Jack Plane says:

      The glaze is size-based.



      • Alex A. says:

        Forgive my ignorance but what dose “size-based” mean? From what I have read (most from Bob Flexner’s book) I thought glaze was oil or water based.



        • Jack Plane says:

          Glazes comprise a fixative, a colourant and sometimes an extender/filler. The fixatives can be varied; oil-based varnish probably being the most common, but (retarded) spirit varnish, water-based varnish, glues and waxes are all possibilities.

          Animal glue size is convenient for me as I always have hot glue to hand. It’s also easily manipulated and can be cleaned off with a hot wet cloth if I don’t like the results. What’s more, it lends itself to further ageing and/or applying additional glazes/sealers.



          • Alex A. says:

            Ah, so your essentially making a very thin liquid hide glue that you add colorant to. Would you use something similar over shellac or oil or is that just for paint based finishes.


          • Jack Plane says:

            Size glaze can be used on any surface, but I normally only use it on country furniture. It wouldn’t be suitable for a nice piece of mid- or late-eighteenth-century mahogany furniture.


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  6. inorthwoods says:

    Truly “Eye sweet ” ayah!


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