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Jensen-style Z-Chair #10: Starting the arms

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Blog entry by Ross Leidy posted 05-26-2019 07:59 PM 342 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been saving this part for last because to me it seems like the most difficult piece to shape. I have a approach in mind, but I’ve been letting the idea rattle around for awhile to see if any refinements occur to me. I’ve cogitated long enough. Time to start cutting wood.

I went old-school with the template, opting to print out the arm outline on multiple sheets, tape them together, glue the paper template to MDF, rough cut it, then sand down the the line. I think next time I’ll just use the CNC to cut out the template. It would be a tiled job since the template is slightly longer than that bed of my CNC, so there would be more setup at the beginning, but the results would be spot-on. The paper-based template is certainly sufficient, though.

I used double-sided tape to adhere the template to the cherry, and used a flush trim bit to cut the cherry to match. I left the curve to shape on the spindle sander rather than risk tear-out with the trim bit.



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mafe

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#1 posted 05-27-2019 11:11 AM

;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 05-27-2019 08:31 PM

Definitely a defining part of this chair – but also where you best can add you own, personal touch. Would love to see something, a small detail, that shows your part and what you put into shaping it. Perhaps something from our time, a hint of were you are from, your personal aesthetics etc

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#3 posted 06-11-2019 05:23 PM


Definitely a defining part of this chair – but also where you best can add you own, personal touch. Would love to see something, a small detail, that shows your part and what you put into shaping it. Perhaps something from our time, a hint of were you are from, your personal aesthetics etc

- kaerlighedsbamsen

I am still thinking about how to personalize the chair, but experimenting with the arm shape is outside of my comfort zone. As you say, the arm shape is such a defining part of this chair, so I don’t want to mess with the form. I have thought of adding a makers mark, but even then I’m hesitant since the Danish style had so little adornment. Still pondering.

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#4 posted 06-12-2019 05:56 PM

The outer silhouet shape of the arm is definitely a defining factor. And see now in one of you later posts that you are sculpting the top of the arm rests. This is going to make a world of a difference, good!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#5 posted 06-12-2019 06:20 PM



The outer silhouet shape of the arm is definitely a defining factor. And see now in one of you later posts that you are sculpting the top of the arm rests. This is going to make a world of a difference, good!

- kaerlighedsbamsen

I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t at least try for that sculpted arm. I’m pleased with how it’s coming along.

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