Tribute to Hans Wegner: The Chair

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Hans Wegner (April 2, 1914 – January 26, 2007) was probably the quintessential Danish furniture designer and most famous for his chairs. Their styling was modernist and minimalist, yet with all the joinery of traditional furniture making.

I started building a copy of Hans Wegner’s “The Chair” in January, worked for all of that month, and then my day job and life got in the way and I was not able to return to it until a few weeks ago. It is now finished.

There is a complete set of pictorials (over 20 chapters) on my website. Just scan to near the end of this index page:

The chair is constructed of Fiddleback Jarrah, and made nearly completely using handtools. The original was built with power tools, copy lathes and today is largely made with the aid of a computer. My challenge was to measure, and then construct using my eye and hands.

Here is the final result.

And alongside an original chair ..

Regards from Perth


-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at

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#1 posted 07-27-2014 04:07 PM

Great web-site you put together. A lot of very useful stuff for inquisitive folks like me. I have a much better understanding of the “bread board ends” you put to photos and words. That chair “weaving” demo you have is nicely done also. Something I would like to try if I can muster up the patience.

Oh ya, that chair is pretty cool too…...........

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 04:13 PM

Well done. It would do the master proud.
I am humbled.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Don W

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 04:29 PM

that’s a beautiful chair, and a thorough tutorial. Excellent work on both!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 04:38 PM

Extremely nice chair build and detailed pictorials on your site. Added to favorites. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#5 posted 07-27-2014 04:42 PM

fantastic job, what a beautiful piece, i love the joinery i can see, but now i shall go to your site and look though the pictures there, i love the seat, to me it really adds a whole different dimension and look, i really like it. thanks for sharing this, these are the projects i love to see here…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 07-27-2014 04:46 PM

From the point of design I think the weaved seat is a visual step up from the original. Nicely done!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 07-27-2014 05:18 PM

Great work. And super usefull and inspiring series of pictorals that i have already made use of in this build
Thanks for sharing!

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

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#8 posted 07-27-2014 06:19 PM

This is wonderful. I love the original chairs and this is a beautiful homage. You are very skilled.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#9 posted 07-27-2014 07:35 PM

Great Job !!!

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#10 posted 07-27-2014 07:57 PM

So nice to see a really beautiful chair with different and interesting joinery.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 07-27-2014 08:03 PM

double post for some reason…..

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 07-27-2014 11:47 PM

Stunning. I’m a huge fan of Sam Maloof and this chair has the same organic, natural flow and feel to it. Terrific execution of a wonderful design. I just found a project for next winter!

-- Gary in OP

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#13 posted 07-28-2014 12:23 AM

The chair turned out great and is a real tribute to the original. I really love the way the back and arms are shaped and sculpted and the way you centred the grain pattern in the wood to highlight and reinforce the shape of the back.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 07-28-2014 02:32 AM

Wow, really amazing!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 07-28-2014 03:46 AM


-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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