Special needs chair

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 08-20-2017 01:51 AM 2617 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Gentleman came and said that he needed a chair for his wife. She had a stroke and couldn’t manage the chairs at the dinner table. He had a very specific height for the seat, very much emphasised the importance of the front legs and supports. He also wanted casters on the front legs. I pondered how to best make it strong an somewhat pleasant looking.

I was blessed with spending a couple days with Charles Neil. A very wonderful time. But looking at his work and talking to him I understood what I needed to do.

I incorporated Maloof joints and left the front legs/supports heavy. It’s made with American Elm. I was concerned about the chair sliding away when she was trying to stand. He said that she should never be alone when trying to stand.

Thanks for reading and all comments and suggestions are welcome

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 08-20-2017 02:03 AM

Monte, When did you see Charles? And nice solution!

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#2 posted 08-20-2017 02:08 AM

A fine looking special!

Hope it works well for them.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 08-20-2017 03:10 AM

Very awesome Monte…You hit a home run with this chair. I know your customer has to really love it…

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself" Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does

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#4 posted 08-20-2017 03:23 AM

Great looking chair Monte. It’s a good feeling when you help someone in this way. A win win for sure!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 08-20-2017 03:44 PM

Great job, Monte! Beautiful grain in that elm. What finish did you use? Are the legs round or rounded? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 08-20-2017 04:16 PM

Monte, you did a wonderful job on this chair.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 08-20-2017 06:12 PM

Wow! talk about taking a step out of your comfort zone … you took a leap with this one.
Great job on this one Monte …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#8 posted 08-20-2017 06:22 PM

Took me a second but I see now that he cam lift the rear of the chair (when she’s in it) and push it to the table on the wheels. When it’s set down the rear legs will keep it from moving. Good idea! Nice job too!

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#9 posted 08-20-2017 08:26 PM

Looks like a great solution for their needs. Nice build on the chair.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 08-21-2017 01:26 PM

a beautiful chair monte and you can take pride in knowing it will make someones life better,congrats buddy.

-- 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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#11 posted 08-21-2017 02:50 PM

Very Nice, Great job!

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#12 posted 08-21-2017 03:00 PM

Great work Monte! Your stuff is really, really coming along nicely.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#13 posted 08-22-2017 01:41 AM

Love stories like this. Beautiful job!

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#14 posted 08-23-2017 07:16 PM

it’s wonderful…...

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#15 posted 08-23-2017 11:57 PM

A fine looking Malooof-style chair—I’m sure she really appreciates it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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