Miniature chair project

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 05-23-2010 12:12 AM 9052 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I managed to complete my miniature chair. Unfortunately, this happened on the same week that my camera is out of town, so I finished the video using my son’s old “Small Wonder” camera. Yeah, it’s a small wonder that it works at all. So…SORRY ABOUT THE VIDEO QUALITY! The middle section is okay, because I shot that last weekend.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 12:36 AM

I’m really surprized you are not completely mad by now Angles as I have said before are my down fall . If it were me doing that chair it would be laying in a pile on my shop floor. Along with many other projects that I’ve scraped.You do really fine work and I feel you should get 1st. place or a ribbon or better yet a cash prize.I like the wood alot also…........Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 12:39 AM

Dangerous angles, skillfully dealt with.
Another winner, Steve.
Best of luck at the fair.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 12:48 AM

Well I gotta say, I bought a four foot long piece of walnut, 6” wide. As much as I tried to make plywood prototypes first, I ended up using almost the whole damn board! Maybe if I had paid more attention in math (and geometry) class I would have had an easier time of this. I now have nightmares about angles. Angles and bevels, angles and bevels, angles and bevels…I need to see a shrink now to get over this project.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 12:49 AM

Turned out cool steve well done

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 12:55 AM

You were exactly right.

Your video was very helpful in understanding the process that you followed to address this challenge. I don’t ever plan to make a miniature like this, but I will face other challenges and your video was very helpful in understanding the problem solving process.

Thank you.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 05-23-2010 02:22 AM

Nice and informative video as always Steve and good luck at the fair.

-- Dave Price , Roswell New Mexico

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#7 posted 05-23-2010 03:18 AM

The chair looks great, Steve, and the video was a great way to show how complex putting together five little pieces of wood can be. I’ll look forward to hearing the final judging results.

-- Dave O.

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#8 posted 05-23-2010 03:27 AM

Interesting process to arrive at your mini chair. I say well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#9 posted 05-23-2010 03:35 AM

Great project Steve. Considering a full size version?

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#10 posted 05-23-2010 05:45 AM

I don’t think the problem is complicated angles. I think the problem is that most of us are set up to cut only two angles accurately – 90 and 45 degrees. Or at least the best we can. I think most of our equipment is set up (SAFELY) for these two angles. Steve mentioned trying to set up equipment to cut an odd angle safely. We usually stress over straight and square, not one time, out of the ordinary angles. Chairs probably offer the best opportunity to cut different angles. I don’t make many chairs ;>)

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#11 posted 05-23-2010 06:53 AM

Good luck at the shrink and the fair!! ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 05-23-2010 03:22 PM

Do you want the number of my shrink, Steve?


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 05-23-2010 08:41 PM

David R.,

You are so right. Having to combine odd angled bevels with odd angled triangles was the main source of my frustration. In other words, the bevel is directly related to the slope of the triangle. Sure, making the bevels is a snap, but when you incorporate them into a triangle any slight difference makes a huge difference in the length of the triangle. Even the thickness of the wood is a factor. I suppose this is something that is impossible to describe without actually showing how it works.

I think a good challenge (if you have a masochistic streak) would be to construct a non-symetrical pyramid. Well, aside from using a solid chunk of wood.

Ug. I won’t be revisiting this nonsense for a long time. My brain is fried and it cost me more in wood than I can win in the fair!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#14 posted 05-23-2010 10:58 PM

you have all the scrink´s you need right here 18800 of them….LOL
that chair come out very fine
looking forward to hear what the outcome of the fair is


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#15 posted 05-24-2010 04:00 PM

You will be known as “Chief Kickin Booty”! WOW! Those angles would have driven me (more) crazy!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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