Cavett style Chair / Z-Chair. Made from old solid wood worktop (mahogany?)

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Project by CRUDESKINNYB posted 04-05-2015 09:11 PM 6945 views 26 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi wanted to share my second ever furniture project made from an old (mahogany?) worktop. Got an ikea cushion on it for now which i quite like. Took about 3-4 weekends as well as some late nights finished with osmo oil.
A little sanding to do which i missed and the oil brought up but very happy so far. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-06-2015 01:53 AM

This looks terrific, we have a reproduction of one of these in the office and they’re very comfortable but not nearly as well done as this. Great work.

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#2 posted 04-06-2015 03:47 AM

Top class work nice design really looks cool well done.

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#3 posted 04-06-2015 04:15 AM

Excellent workmanship.

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#4 posted 04-06-2015 06:09 AM

Nice. I love the profile, and you’ve done a beautiful job on the joints. That’s pretty accomplished for a second project.

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#5 posted 04-06-2015 11:34 AM

Very well done and nice use of the found wood .

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#6 posted 04-06-2015 12:27 PM

This is a very nice looking chair.

Can you please share what you used for plans?

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#7 posted 04-06-2015 02:14 PM

^^What he said. I would love to take on something like this, but doing it without plans is pretty intimidating.

Yours is just lovely.

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#8 posted 04-06-2015 03:14 PM

Really elegant design…. when looking at the side profile, it is very much like an Adirondack Chair, thinned down and made more manageable. With the arm support becoming the back leg.

Great job repurposing materials, looks great!

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#9 posted 04-06-2015 04:06 PM

first rate work ! Love the lines and the execution. Where’d you find the plans?

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#10 posted 04-06-2015 05:06 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Welcome to LJs

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#11 posted 04-06-2015 05:09 PM

excellent looking chair.

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#12 posted 04-06-2015 06:16 PM

Wonderful attention to detail, your craftsmanship shines through!

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#13 posted 04-06-2015 06:59 PM

Thank you very much the the kind words.
I have currently started a second chair which is slightly different and hopefully a little better after what i have learnt from the first one. Ive also got a few pictures of it mid build i can show.

As for plans i didn’t have any. I found a chair that i liked and then researched it. Luckily i found the rough
height x width x depth dimensions. I then found images that were as side/straight on as possible and using the rough measurement printed it at half scale.

How i did it:

From the image i could then work out some more measurements such as seat height, back angle, armrest height etc by just measuring the image and doubling it.

Then i drew the chair at full scale on some good quality ply using those measurements. This would then become a template. I cut the ply out and sanded all the edges, its important to get the template the best you can as it saves work later.

Using the template I then cut the pieces of Mahogany LARGER than the template and dowel jointed all the pieces together making sure the dowels would not be exposed when i cut around the template.
Then double sided the template too the Mahogany used a band saw to cut around then finished up with a router bearing bit.

The rest was just the arms done in the same way with a template. The back and seat are simple frames as well as the cross supports with join the two sides together. Its actually quite simple, Only tools you need are Bandsaw or jigsaw, router, drill. sanders. table saw or circular saw.

Second chair:

Im making a second chair of similar design, this time I’ve gone for a Mahogany, oak sandwich.

You can see how much wider the wood is on this one. On the first one i rough cut all the pieces to close to the finished size then tried to dowel them in the right place ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE!

One side of the frame

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#14 posted 04-08-2015 10:50 PM

Wow, what a great chair. My next project will be two made from walnut. Similar in style. No plans, just from a picture. I, like you, plan on a mock up from plywood.
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#15 posted 04-13-2015 04:01 AM

Great job!!
If you don’t mind sharing the rough dimensions, I am sure a lot of here would like to give that chair a go. Thanks!

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