Outdoor Chair

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 08-02-2015 09:33 PM 1316 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my few efforts at building a chair. It’s my own design and contains no metal. All M&T, pegs and pins. It’s good and sturdy. In point of face, it’s so sturdy that you could send your misbehaving pet elephant for a time out in the corner on this Chair. And, it’s so sturdy that, when your pet elephant has misbehaving grandkids, they, too, can be sent to it for time out. No. Really. It’s very sturdy. And sort of comfy, too. To me it is. No one else has ever sat in it.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 08-02-2015 10:18 PM

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#2 posted 08-02-2015 10:56 PM

OK, I have looked at all three chairs, ready for some brutal honesty?

Although If I were truly brutal I would not care if you are ready or not – so here goes. :)

Like Adirondack #1 the best – as a chair it looks to be the most comfortable – which is what people want in a chair. Don’t understand why it has not sold – unless it is because it IS a bit different. Usually see Adirondacks as pairs or multiples (lined up on the veranda of a stately Victorian hotel, or sitting side by side on the dock at a peaceful lake cottage). Maybe this one just needs a mate.

Adirondack #2 is nice but does not look as comfortable – maybe it is the shorter back, or the thinner slats, not sure, but glad it found a good home. Here is a hint to see if she really liked it or was just taking pity on a relative – ask her if she wants you to make a matching one. If she says “no” – let it go, move on, and never mention it again. :)

This chair – Outdoor Chair – is a beautiful piece of modern sculpture. Sturdy is GREAT, but it does not LOOK comfortable. To paraphrase Henry Fielding (British author) – It is not enough to be comfortable it must also appear comfortable.

So if you are still reading – Great craftsmanship, love the sturdiness, and the solid wood/no metal parts construction is a great selling point for outdoor furniture where rust might be a problem. You are on the right track, keep refining the designs. Please don’t hate me for being honest (remember I come from a family of beasts – it must be genetic.) :)

Have a great August!

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 08-03-2015 12:29 AM

I like the “look” of this chair, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be comfortable in it. The back looks too flat, and flat-back chairs always seem to hit me in the wrong spots to be very comfortable.
Also the arms, I think the humps in the arms would get old after a short while. My hand would tend to hang off the far side of those humps and get sore/tired too easily.

But hey, who am I to complain. I dont even BUILD chairs! At least you are giving it a go!

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#4 posted 08-03-2015 12:41 AM

Chair looks fine Mark, if people want comfort they can put some padded covers on it.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 08-03-2015 01:14 AM

Another great design Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 08-03-2015 08:26 AM

Josh, thanks.
Leafherder (it’s Jeff, right?), any attention I get is a good thing. The issue of building them in pairs has come up. And, also, with a table. And, also, in settee (or, tet a tete) form. Lots of ideas. I’m just not sure, after my thus-far experience with their salability, that I want to invest much time in them going forward. I am building another (single) one presently, with bent-lam arms and some carving on the sides. It’s been on hold, actually sitting on the driveway in front of the garage door, while I do other things and look at it daily, trying to work out some difficulties with it. This was my first attempt at bent lamination (the arms), and, among other things, I’m trying to decide whether to re-design the back in bent-lam, too.
Joe, there’s a slight curvature from side to side in the back (I thought of that). I also thought that would be visible in the overhead shot. The inner slats(?) are set back from the outer by a half inch or so. And the blocks that separate them all are set back where, unless you have a super-protuberant spine, you’ll never feel them. I will admit that the back, overall, is a little low – it just comes up to the bottoms of my shoulder blades (like the chair I’m sitting in right now, incidentally), and I’m 6’2”. If I slouch, it’s really quite comfy (and who doesn’t slouch when he’s comfy? So, Joe, what am I bid? (Kidding). Or am I? Stop it, Knucklehead.
And, thank you, Bob and GMan.

So many words. I need a nap.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 08-03-2015 02:22 PM

Nice sturdy looking build Mark, but perhaps a bit too medieval looking.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#8 posted 08-03-2015 08:38 PM

So you’re suggesting some straps, perhaps, might make it more complete? Maybe some big nails sticking up from the seat? I got it: Wheels down low on the legs with knives sticking out. You wrinkled my brain, Don.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 08-04-2015 03:57 AM

Not really qualified to comment on furniture making Mark, I always work on the simple premise if I sit in a chair & it’s comfortable to me then that’s good enough for me. Don’t think I have seen one like your cover shot before.
Always great to do something different

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 08-04-2015 04:17 AM

Thanks, Pete.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 08-04-2015 04:00 PM

Dig the design, how tall is it, kinda looks like a beach lounge chair,,,, I likey

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 08-05-2015 09:04 AM

I’m happy you likey, Dug. I’m 6’2”, with a 38” waist, and I fit in it. If I slouch (and who doesn’t?), the top of the back comfortably nestles my shoulder blades, and the seat curvature keeps me from sliding out. It’s quite low to the ground, so arthritic knees might have trouble getting up. But, since when was getting up the object of sitting in a comfy chair? One pays a price for all good things.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 08-06-2015 06:15 PM

ha ha soooo true

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 08-14-2015 03:00 PM

Beautiful and unique design. I’m little bit tired of Adirondak.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Wilson

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#15 posted 08-14-2015 09:10 PM

Ivan, I will get tired of Adirondacks if ever I get one right. That is, one that someone will actually buy. Do a web search on them and see the incredible variety.

-- Mark

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