HOW OUR COLLEGE CHAIRS ARE FINISHED
Finish of Our Traditional College Chairs
Our Amish Craftsmen build our Traditional College Chairs from Maple, exclusively, and our Traditional Chairs are most often ordered in our elegant Black Lacquer finish, but they may also be ordered in part or entirely in one of three stains – Cherry, Light Maple, and Walnut. These include the following chairs:
- Affinity Traditional Captain’s Chair
- Affinity Traditional Rocking Chair
- Affinity Traditional Captain’s Swivel Chair
- Affinity Traditional Deacon’s Bench
When customers choose Arms, Crown, Arms & Crown, or an Entire Chair in any of these stains, we must consider the chair to be a custom chair. We ask customers to be certain of their color choices. Any changes to color after a chair has been completed is costly. Although Affinity Classics can likely make those changes, requests to change colors after delivery can only be satisfied at the expense of the customer, including labor, materials, shipping, and any other appropriate expenses. Therefore, we always encourage customers to be certain of their color choices before ordering and discuss colors with us before ordering stained chairs and chair parts.
Customers often request our Traditional Chairs with arms and/or crowns (headrests) stained in Cherry, Light Maple, or Walnut. Although Black Lacquer finishes require multiple coats: a sealer, a primer, and black lacquer. Stained woods require only a clear coat over the stain. We paint in dedicated paint booths with pressurized paint-gun system − one chair at a time in separate, specialized paint booths for each spraying operation. We do not employ a production-line for building or finishing. All highlights (hand striping) of these Traditional Chairs are skillfully hand-painted with a small brush in metallic gold or silver paint. One person finishes each chair to ensure the best possible college chair finish. The choice of the color of hand-striping may vary with each stain; please discuss with us.
Note: Customers who choose Arms, Crown, Arms & Crown, or an Entire Chair in any of these stains should be aware that the chair is considered to be a custom chair. We ask customers to be certain of their color choices. Any changes to color after a college chair has been completed is costly. Although Alumni Chairs may be able to make those changes, requests to change colors after delivery can only be satisfied at the expense of the customer, including labor, materials, shipping, and any other appropriate expenses. Therefore, we always encourage customers to be certain of their color choices before ordering and discuss colors with us before ordering stained captain’s chairs and chair parts.
Although we provide the above color swatches (samples) the actual colors of stains can vary greatly. Stains vary from one mixture to another. Also, individual pieces of wood can absorb and display stains differently. Often the cherry stain on Traditional College Chairs is be lighter than the customer had anticipated; our cherry stained maple arms and crown tend to be a bit lighter than other cherries. Sometimes it is better for one to order a walnut stain, if one prefers a darker stain than our usual cherry stain.
Finish of Our Classic College Chairs
We finish our Classic College Chairs using exclusively stains that are designated as Ohio Certified Stains (OCS). These stains are standardized to enable builders and finishers to create furniture that is compatible across the furniture and the finishing industries in Ohio and neighboring states, enabling a buyer to acquire furniture from multiple buyers, which have compatible and consistent finishes. In addition, OCS stains are environmentally safe. All samples shown below are OCS certified stains.
- Affinity Classic Alumni Chair
- Affinity Child Rocking Chair
- Affinity Mission Rocking Chair
- Affinity Laureate Chair
- Affinity Mission Chair
- Affinity Mission High Chair
Certain college chair styles are best expressed in specific combinations of woods and select certain finished. Certain college and university logos and identities favor certain colors of wood, logos, finish, and fabric. Although the Affinity Mission Chair is very attractive in Brown Maple with Asbury Stain (OCS 117, sample below), it is stunning with Mission Maple Stain (OCS 225) on Brown Maple, Harvest Stain (OCS 116) on Quarter-sawn White Oak, or Michael’s Stain (OCS 113) on Quarter-sawn White Oak.
Likewise, while the Affinity Laureate Chair is attractive in Brown Maple with Natural Stain (OCS-100) stain or Malaguana Stain (FC-N3176). It is also beautiful in Cherry wood with Seely Stain (OCS-104), New Carrington Stain (FC-N3173), Mission Maple Stain (OCS 225), or Rich Tobacco Stain (OCS 228).
Whereas a majority of academic institutions favor black finishes similar to that of the Affinity Classic Alumni Chair in Black Lacquer, other universities may favor Walnut wood with a clear coat or Brown Maple wood with a brown, Nutmeg (FC-9725) stain as we recommend for the University of Wyoming, the school colors of which are Brown & Gold. Wyoming Alumni can proudly display chairs with Black Lacquer or Walnut college chair finishes. Black College Chairs are popular, but we offer many attractive alternatives our alumni chairs and university chairs.
Alumni Chairs is here to create chairs in the college chair finish and color of your choice. We are not confined to only the colors listed below. If you seek a stain that is a bit darker or a bit lighter, we can accommodate your request. However, please understand that colors represented on your computer display are not exact and custom colors are not always exact. We will do our best to meet your color objectives.
All of our alumni chairs are finished with a durable semi-gloss clear coat of lacquer.