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Lounge Chair #11: Finished

05-22-2019 01:07 AM by Kaelin Quigley | 0 comments »

All done. Finished with wiping varnish, now for some leather upholstery .

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Jensen-style Z-Chair #7: Rails

05-20-2019 04:36 PM by Ross Leidy | 9 comments »

Feel free to correct my terminology, which could be wrong since I’m not chair anatomy savvy. I did research a bit, but there didn’t seem to be consistency in the terms. For this build, I’ll refer to upper/top rail as the one at the top of the back, rear rail as the one at the back of the seat, and front rail as the one at the front of the seat. All rails are 22” long. The front rail is 3” x 3/4”. I played around with the shape for the arc cutout, s...

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Jensen-style Z-Chair #6: Seat frame - shaping and joinery

05-19-2019 07:38 PM by Ross Leidy | 3 comments »

I’ve been captivated by one detail of the original design that’s easy to overlook. But as small as it is, I think it contributes to the overall lightness of the form. It’s that the side pieces of the seat frame are slightly thinner than the front and rear pieces, and that the side pieces are inset slightly so that there’s a slight reveal at the joint with the front and rear pieces. I tried to find a good photo to show a blowup of the area – this one is okay, b...

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Jensen-style Z-Chair #5: Seat frame - strap recesses

05-19-2019 03:47 PM by Ross Leidy | 4 comments »

Since I was already working with 3/4” material on the slats, I opted to start on the seat frame next. I estimated a width of 2-1/2” for the seat frame, which now I think was a little wider than the original. I’m guessing it was more like 2-1/8” to 2-1/4”. The images I found don’t seem to be entirely consistent, so the manufacturer may have used different widths. I’m not sweating it though since the width of the frame won’t be visible once a ...

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Jensen-style Z-Chair #4: Slats

05-18-2019 07:04 PM by Ross Leidy | 11 comments »

With the mortising jig ready, I could get back to the chair project. I had some rough-sawn cherry that was gifted to me by my brother-in-law years back, and I thought I’d use it for this project. It’s not particularly nice looking wood – kind of mottled – but it was free, so perfect. For the slats, I re-sawed and drum sanded some pieces to 3/4” thick. The slats were to be 3/4” deep at each end, 1-1/2” deep at the peak, and 17” long. Cutti...

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Jensen-style Z-Chair #3: A Jig Interlude

05-18-2019 03:16 PM by Ross Leidy | 4 comments »

Since I was switching gears to use butt joints with floating tenons instead of the puzzle joints, I started looking at various router jigs for cutting the mortises. I found a lot of helpful videos on homemade jigs, and eventually I modeled mine largely on the Morely Mortising Jig However, for mine I wanted to use interchangeable templates for repeatability and ease-of-use, rather than use the siding side stops that Morely uses. Other than that, the structure of mine is like the Morely jig....

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Jensen-style Z-Chair #2: Planning and Prototyping

05-18-2019 02:41 AM by Ross Leidy | 3 comments »

My first thought was that I would try to find some plans for this chair on the internet. Nope. All I found were some plans for a really atrocious mockery of the design. Not even close to the proportions and style of the original. So, armed with some basic dimensions that I found here and there, a decent side-view photo that I could scale and trace to get the angles right (or close), and hours of google searches studying images of this chair for telling details, I set to work. I have a ...

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Jensen-style Z-Chair #1: Introduction

05-17-2019 08:07 PM by Ross Leidy | 6 comments »

Like a handful of other folks here, I’ve been bitten by the bug to build a chair modeled after the Selig Z-chair designed by Poul Jensen back in the 1950’s. I’m a fan of Danish design in general, and for some time this chair in particular has been stuck in my head. The Z-chair projects shared here were definitely an inspiration, and they provided the nudge I needed to make that crucial first step – deciding to get started. Most notably, I’d like to thank Jam...

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Lounge Chair #10: Almost there

05-09-2019 04:04 AM by Kaelin Quigley | 1 comment »

After many weeks, the bridal joint and holes for the dowels were put into place. Now just time to throw in some glue and screws to put it all together, sand, find a good finish, and get an upholster to sew the pads.

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Lounge Chair #9: It's coming together...Glued up the legs.

04-27-2019 12:24 AM by Kaelin Quigley | 1 comment »

Now all of these parts and pieces are starting to make sense. The slats for the leather pads are biscuited and glued into the arched legs. Unfortunately, the miter at which the back sits on the legs is incorrect so ill have to do some cutting by hand and refine that angle to get the proper reclining slope. The back is screwed through the bottom and a lot of the actual strength of the chair comes from a bridal joint which scissors from the back into the arms. Surprisingly, there are only four ...

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