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POUL JENSEN Z CHAIR RESTORATION #2: Dimensions/schematics

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Blog entry by Tango posted 05-21-2019 02:28 AM 2588 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Chair disassembled and details inspection Part 2 of POUL JENSEN Z CHAIR RESTORATION series Part 3: Preparation for refinish »

Here are dimensions taken from the real Z-Chair. Dimensions are in mm for better accuracy.



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#1 posted 05-21-2019 02:38 AM

Tango – this is treasure!!! Thanks so much! I look forward to soaking-in all the details.

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#2 posted 05-21-2019 02:48 AM

Ross-I would love to be able to produce a detailed set of drawings to “revive” this beautiful design. I should have made a template of all pieces before reassembling the chair but was too eager to see the finished piece that I forgot to take more notes. Fortunately, I still have the chair at reach to take whatever picture or dimension is needed. I plan to re-draw it on Fusion 360 for documentation or future use.
Do you know that this chair was sold as an Ikea type product? As a kit in a box…?

By the way…I do own another 2 chairs from the same era with a very nice design but not as famous as the Z-Chair. I already refinished one of them and have the 2nd. one in pieces (maybe for your next project…;)

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#3 posted 05-22-2019 03:13 PM

I can’t wait to see your other projects. There are so many great designs from this period.

I’ve identified a number of places where I was off on my measurements. I’ll make some tweaks for I make another chair. Thanks again for your willingness to take photos and measurements. It’s a real help.

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#4 posted 05-22-2019 08:51 PM

It takes two to tango. ;-)
Big smile.

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

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#5 posted 06-13-2019 01:09 AM

Tango – when you have a chance, would you be able to confirm something for me? From the few photos that I’ve found of the chair taken from directly behind the chair, it appears that the back stiles have a taper along the outside edge near the top. I can’t tell if the taper is along the full length of the stile or if it starts just above where the arm attaches to the back stile. My best guess is that there’s a slight taper from bottom to the arm, and then a slightly curved taper from the arm to the top. Thanks for any details you can provide.

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#6 posted 06-15-2019 12:39 AM

I’m not sure I understand exactly what you are asking me to confirm. Can you elaborate a little bit more? I will be more than happy to help.

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#7 posted 06-15-2019 09:05 PM

Hi Tango.
I knew as I was phrasing my questions that it probably wasn’t very clear. Here’s an annotated photo that may help show what I’m after. The the back stiles seem a bit thinner at the top than at the bottom. It looks like the taper may in the middle of the stile.

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#8 posted 06-18-2019 11:18 PM

Got it. Tonight I will stop by and measure the styles.

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#9 posted 06-30-2019 01:40 AM

Hi, Ross. Sorry it took too long to answer. There is a very slight taper/curve from the arm up. Also, the round overs are more accentuated on that part. I don’t believe its a mathematical thing…more like hand shaped I would say. Again, the taper is minimal and noticeable if you look straight down the stile.

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#10 posted 06-30-2019 08:35 PM



Hi, Ross. Sorry it took too long to answer. There is a very slight taper/curve from the arm up. Also, the round overs are more accentuated on that part. I don t believe its a mathematical thing…more like hand shaped I would say. Again, the taper is minimal and noticeable if you look straight down the stile.

- Tango


Tango – thanks for checking on that. I did end up making a similar taper on mine, so you’ve confirmed that was appropriate. Much appreciated.

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#11 posted 03-02-2020 06:52 PM

Tango Im in the process of making a z-chair and I have drawn up what I is think is a pretty accurate Sketchup model. Would you be keen to take a look at it and point out any glaring mistakes? I live in South Africa and Ive never seen one of these in the “flesh” so Im working off photographs on the web and that comes with its own set of challenges.

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#12 posted 09-13-2020 09:39 PM

Hey jimbobmad. I’ve just been bitten with the Z Chair bug and I’m bound and determined to build one (or 2, or 3, etc). I’ve started by researching others efforts and, by far, Ross’s blog is the ultimate. I saw that you’ve started a sketchup file, as I have, and would love to compare notes if you’re interested.

While I’m at this I’d like to thank Ross and Tango for all the information they’ve shared. It has really pushed me forward and, even though Ross has finished his beautiful chair, I’d be happy to share anything that I discover during this build.

Thanks again….

-- Michael

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#13 posted 09-14-2020 06:38 AM

Hey WoodHobbit
Id be happy to share my drawings with you. I have made 3 chairs so far and a 3 seater couch.
Im not very proficient on this forum> Can you send me a private message?
J

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#14 posted 09-14-2020 06:43 AM

A slightly better version of the same photo :

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#15 posted 09-14-2020 05:01 PM

Thanks jimbobmad! Lumber jocks says I have to post 5 times before I can send a message so I’ll work on it.

-- Michael

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