Designing a Chair #2: Chair II

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 10-16-2014 06:07 PM 2244 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Two views of the second prototype for my chair. This one is made from particle board and is completely glued together. I’m going to use it at the supper table for a few days and see if it’s uncomfortable. I already incorporated one change into this chair, the front stile will have the seat run out on top of it. The original design had the seat more or less as a shallow tray, a little hard on the legs without a cushion.

Also a reminder, I have to build a cajon now, so we’ll continue this journey when that is finished (probably a week hence.)

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 10-16-2014 10:19 PM

Having sat in the chair for a while I can tell I’m either going to have to add a cushion to the back rest, or find a way to slightly curve it. I suspect it would be easier to bend a board or do a bent lamination on that piece than to consistently cut a curve from a thicker board.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#2 posted 10-17-2014 12:17 AM

Looks like you’re making good progress!

I agree that curving the backrest is a good idea. Steaming it is probably the best idea, but bent lamination works too, just more work!

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

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