No, not that first time..but today was a first for me and the Atomik chair. I have made them from the outset with painted seats and I have a client in NYC who has requested one in all walnut. This has turned out so beautifully that I am foolish for not having made on before. But...this chair is such a tough build that making one is almost too much for my 35 year old body. Hard on the hands for sure.