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Rorkee Campaign Chair

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Project by woodcox posted 01-12-2018 04:03 AM 629 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished my long overdue Roorkee chair and I am very pleased with how it turned out. This was the project that introduced me to turning and the purchase of a lathe a few years ago. What a rewarding segment in our woodworking arsenal! I put in a lot of time turning before attempting this project which I think paid off. It’s frame is made with walnut and hickory. I managed to get all the leather parts and then some out of a couple big shoulder cuts. A little bit cheaper than buying the entire recommended side of leather. I should have enough left over to build a folding stool from the scraps. I decided early on to tackle the leather work from start to finish including the dye. I did miss in trying for a more orange color but it’s ok, I love how it looks now. It took about 12 ounces of dye to get enough coverage for these big pieces and about the same in neats foot oil to condition. All edges have been painted for wear and top coats of ultra sheen with a resolene protectant. The leather work was definitely the most involved part of this project having almost no real experience prior. I think the best part and likely the motivation to finish it was the recent birth of my son. We like to sit and have a bottle together, the higher arm straps are in the perfect position to hold him for that. Thank you for looking. Here are some build pics of the chair.


A little tip. I used ropes and bunjees to hold the frame together while fitting the leather. The sound of your parts exploding off the table to the floor is bad. The tapered joinery does not respond well with out tension and your full attention trying to stretch the hides for measurements.

About all the tools you need for the leather work less an edge beveling tool.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.





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#1 posted 01-12-2018 10:44 AM

Wow, !!! that is beautiful, very well done and you are showing many talents, bravo.

-- andrek

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#2 posted 01-12-2018 11:17 AM

Fantastic work both with the wood and the leather. Hope you don’t get those bottles mixed up!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-12-2018 01:59 PM

The chair looks great. To undertake the leather part of the chair with no previous experience and to have it come out so nice has got to make you proud. Wait till you see your son feed his kids in that chair.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 01-12-2018 02:23 PM

Looks awesome, wc! A Roorhkee is on the list of projects that I really want to do. Never seen one wearing shoes before, though. Was that your idea?

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#5 posted 01-12-2018 02:53 PM

It looks so comfortable. You did a great job.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#6 posted 01-12-2018 03:28 PM

Incredible chair Woody. Fantastic job on all the components.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 01-12-2018 03:34 PM

Loookin good Woody. And the baby puke should wipe right off that leather without much issue ;)

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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woodcox

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#8 posted 01-12-2018 04:54 PM

Thanks fellas!


Looks awesome, wc! A Roorhkee is on the list of projects that I really want to do. Never seen one wearing shoes before, though. Was that your idea?

- JayT


I think so. The legs move a little when you sit and I thought it would be beneficial to have some removable protection.

The video has a file with the leather templates. I had to modify the the back piece a little for clearance around the hinges. So check your fit with the chair assembled before riveting. Look at all your options in hardware before buying. I have brass, copper and steel. One could match materials a little closer than I did. These chairs sit low from the plans, others have made them with longer legs alternatively. There are edge painting tools that would be worth looking into. I used q-tips like little paint rollers but control and coverage was inconsistent.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 01-12-2018 05:00 PM

Great looking chair….

I’m not familiar with the campaign chair. Does it fold up?

Congrats on the new addition to the family.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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woodcox

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#10 posted 01-12-2018 05:06 PM

Matt, it does disassemble. I think the old Kaare Klint safari chairs had a long canvas bag for transport.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#11 posted 01-12-2018 05:27 PM

That’s wonderful. I’ve long admired campaign pieces.

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#12 posted 01-12-2018 05:55 PM

You did a wonderful job on this chair.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 01-12-2018 09:11 PM

Really nice. I like leathercraft and woodworking both, so this would be a super fun build… you did a great job.

-- Pete

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PPK

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#14 posted 01-12-2018 09:35 PM

Dang! This chair is really nice. Did I mention hickory and walnut are two of my favorite woods?? I keep coming back to look at it.. you did great!

-- Pete

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#15 posted 01-13-2018 07:58 AM

outstanding project!

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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