Frameless Back Splat Chair

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Project by Gruen posted 04-13-2021 11:14 AM 1130 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always wanted to build a chair wherein the back splat is not supported by the rear legs. This is my first attempt and it seems to work.

I’ve stress tested this chair but I’m only 135 lbs. I tried leaning on it with full force and it held beautifully. I’ll still ask another 200 lbs friend to test this:)

Wood species used are mahogany and white ash. Legs are attached using a maloof joint. Headrest to back splat and back splat to seat is a dowelled mortise and tenon. I used bent lamination for the back splat.

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#1 posted 04-13-2021 02:03 PM

interesting design,love the wood combo and your maloof joints are dead on.nice work but how well does it sit comfort wise ?

-- 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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#2 posted 04-13-2021 03:27 PM

Wonderful chair and great craftsmanship.
The wood choices are fantastic.
Great work!

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#3 posted 04-14-2021 12:44 PM

I find the Maloof joints brutally hard. Excellent work.

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#4 posted 04-17-2021 12:48 AM

Nice work. An interesting and fun design.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 04-17-2021 01:04 PM

I went to your projects page, and you are doing some fine work. My favorite is the stool with the lovely undulating/wavy seat.

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#6 posted 04-19-2021 08:54 PM

That is mighty pretty. Nice work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#7 posted 05-28-2021 10:45 AM

interesting design,love the wood combo and your maloof joints are dead on.nice work but how well does it sit comfort wise ?

- pottz

Very! It’s actually for someone I owe a big favor. It’s been awhile now and I haven’t delivered it cause I’ve been using it:)

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