A Strategy for Woodworking #56: Chair Design, Please Sit

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Blog entry by Gary Rogowski posted 07-28-2015 03:46 PM 1311 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Chair design is a fairly new design concept. Read Witold Rybczynski’s book called Home and he points out that chairs were used only by royalty for centuries. The idea of comfort only came later on after the Middle Ages. The notion that people could sit unceremoniously slouched around a dinner table took a few more centuries to take hold.

We discover the intricacies of chair design this weekend. Three days of design, engineering, and joinery. What a trio! On Day One we look into the needs of design, function vs. intention, how joinery affects the look of a piece, and how to engineer the important triangle into our chair. We will sketch, build a 1/4 scale aesthetic model of our chair design and then a sittable prototype by the end of the weekend. Good fun.

Northwest Woodworking Studio

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#1 posted 07-28-2015 04:19 PM


Chairs are different, seemingly simple, yet more complex. And the joinery? Have a great time sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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