Roorkhee Chair

Moving projects over from another site.
-original text-- June 2014 -------------------------------

I hadn't been out in my shop in years. In fact, finding my shop buried under stuff was a challenge but I was sort of going through wood sites and such and came across Chris Schwartz blog post on the Roorkhee Chair and suffered a case of the "I WANTS!"

So just about the time the magazine came out at the end of 2012, I excavated enough to get to my lathe and table saw and found a piece of walnut sitting ignored for, ahem, years. I bought the dowels (two have broken so I am going to turn some replacements) and the tenon cutters as the article recommended. I had read in one of his blog posts about him not feeling the need for the bottom let strap in the front and back so left that off. I need to go back and add that.

For the seat leather, I just used the natural hide that I oiled. I need to redo the arm straps and such but overall, it works fairly well and for not having made anything in the shop for years I am pretty happy with it.

- Thoughts on the chair since I am updating things.

I like the chair overall. It is fairly comfortable, but with the difference in the rear and front seat rail height, I really want to make one with a flatter seat profile as it's hard to get out of as my knees are not functioning as they once did. It seems their warrantee has gone. My wife really likes hers. She sits in it and knits.

I made mine from the plans in the magazine. You can find plans from back issues of the magazine or the Campaign Furniture book
Resource links since I am transferring things and can add them. (and conveniently find them if I make a new one)
Tools to build a Roorkee chair
Roorkee Chair
Roorkee Leather Patterns
Correction on the Roorkee Chair in 'Campaign Furniture'
Roorkhee Chair: Updated Materials List
Strengthen the Roorkhee Even More
steven thank for sharing this beautiful chair man. im very sad you cant enjoy your shop the way you should. i know my time will come sooner than i want too. but this is a beautiful project. keep posting your past work, we'd all love too see what youve done. and let me say, were all very glad youve joined us !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Oh, I've started some stuff again after an unhappy summer, but it is what it is. I just want to move all my stuff over; I like having it mostly in one place.

I've never made a 4-legged bench, so I am working on one now. I will use it at my front door for people to put deliveries on.
Am always fascinated by Campaign Furniture.    Never made any.   Your chair is wonderful   Nicely done.   
Hope to see more of your work.   Thanks for posting the chair.   


Nice job and a good write up.

Nice work! I like the mixing of materials, it has the right stuff in the right places. Obviously light and portable (unlike a Stickley chair) 🙂

Seems you must live in a decent neighborhood to be building a package delivery table. Though I haven't had problems, I'd like to have an all steel drop box for deliveries.
Well, due to the layout, our front door is far back  from the street and a strategically planted tree blocks the view.
here in socal you dont want doors or windows blocked from view, it's an invitation for robbers hidden from view also !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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