Designing a Chair #1: Church Chair I

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 10-15-2014 04:27 PM 2211 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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[Above and below] These first two pictures show my first ‘thrown together’ prototype for a stackable, easy to build chair. The finished product won’t resemble it very much.

The picture below shows the Mark II in partial glue up. You might notice the tapered legs and back. This one is made of some high quality particle board that I was given. Using it for this is better than just throwing it away. I’m going to be sitting in Mark II for a while to test it out. From there I’ll make adjustments. I hope to use 1×4’s for this project almost exclusively. That’s not to say I won’t buy 1×8’s and rip them. (It’s a little cheaper that way.)

I’ll probably be interrupted in this project because I’ve got a paying gig to build another cajon. I have nearly everything I need. The picture below gives an idea on what I’m using to plan this chair out.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 10-15-2014 04:31 PM

Following chair building with interest, Dave.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 10-15-2014 05:38 PM

To me, the way the Mark II looks, I think the Mark III will be out of real wood with the edges milled and everything. (Update much later, like tomorrow.)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 06:04 PM

Looks like you’re off to a good start, you’ve got the plan. Stackable, interesting concept. Did you make the design for this?, or was it available somewhere?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 10-15-2014 06:59 PM

Oldtool, It’s based on a commercial design. I can’t easily scoop out the seat, so I’ll be supplying cushions as well. Here’s one very like mine. My front legs are attached on the inside. I’m pretty sure that won’t be a problem.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 10-16-2014 12:27 AM

This looks interesting, as I love chairs. How are you planning to attach the stretchers to the legs? The photo looks like they might be screwed?

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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