Reclaimed Mahogany/Oak Sandwich - Danish 1950's Poul Jensen style Z Chair PAIR

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Project by CRUDESKINNYB posted 01-11-2016 12:01 AM 10788 views 56 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, I decided to make a a pair of chairs based on the danish designer Poul Jensen.
I have previously made one but always fancied a pair.

Thought that i might share some pics i took along the way…

The wood this time was the sides from old mahogany English Billiard (pool) tables. And as before a centre core of White Oak.

Finished with polyurethane varnish.

Gluing up the oak and mahogany for the sides pieces.
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Timber prepped
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Layout of template
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Working out angles for the side pieces
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Ibiult this jig especially to get repeatable mortices for the sides pieces to be joined together, previously i had used dowels but this was too time c
Testing loose tenons:
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arms prepped
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cutting the angles where they join onto the rest of the side frame.
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Parts ready
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Flattening/thining the back of the arms.
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Rasping lines and cutting
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Hardest bit of the project gluing the arms to the rest of the frame. No easy way to do this.
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Back assembled
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sanded and varnished
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Cutting the legs to the correct height
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Finished almost…
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#1 posted 01-11-2016 12:03 AM

That’s mighty impressive work. Well done

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 12:13 AM

I just love this style of furniture and yours has a lot to love,simple design lends to its beauty of clean lines and just shear elegance well done.i just want to sit in those.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 01-11-2016 02:22 AM

super looking chairs

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 01-11-2016 04:14 AM

OMG! This is the quintessential reason why I’m on LJ’s. I actually don’t even really like the design of these chairs at first glance, but you did such an amazing job both in the execution and the documentation of them that I’m so blown away by their simplicity and elegance that I had to Favorite it for future reference. Thank you for sharing and expanding my mind!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#6 posted 01-11-2016 04:58 AM

You make pocket screwing a good thing! LOL! A visual blog which is well photographed! With your methods it is a really well done presentation. I know these are Danish but they edge on art studio furniture. Masterfully done sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 01-11-2016 06:15 AM

So beautiful. Thank you for documenting and sharing your process with us.

-- Chuck, Minnesota

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#8 posted 01-11-2016 08:23 AM

Wow! Added to favorites.
This chair came out even better than the previous one. Elegant solution with the recessed straps. Think that you hit that sweet spot between MCM and a touch of personal moderen. Great work.

And great pictures as well
Thank you for sharing with us!

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

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#9 posted 01-11-2016 11:46 AM

I am blown away by the execution and beauty of these chairs!! Well done

-- --Denver-- Any society that will give up a little liberty for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

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#10 posted 01-11-2016 01:13 PM

Outstanding build and post. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#11 posted 01-11-2016 03:13 PM

too cool! thanks for sharing this.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#12 posted 01-11-2016 04:26 PM

very beautiful

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#13 posted 01-11-2016 04:50 PM

Nice work.

I’m actually making the exact same thing at the moment.

How are you attaching the seat straps? I can’t come up with a good way to cut the 45 degree slot for a fagas strap. I’m probably going to do the vertical clips instead, as then I can rout the slot for the strap.

Dowels to attach the arms?

You mortised all the stretchers? I worry about the lower rear stretcher, as you’d mortise right into the mortise/tenon for the back, and the entire weak point of the whole structure should be the main long structural member (that becomes the back legs) right at that point. I know the original used keyholes for all the stretchers.

I’m trying to do as close as a copy to the original as possible, the only place I’m notably changing (except ditching the keyholes) is the joint where the arm attaches in the front, the original did like you did and angled, I cut the joint so that the joint can be done when the arm is simply a board.

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#14 posted 01-11-2016 06:15 PM

Incredible design, incredible way you’ve done it. I’m still trying to figure all steps.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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