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The "UNO" Chair

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Project by Kaleo posted 02-01-2007 01:43 PM 2337 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently finished this chair. Designed by one of our instructors Neil Erasmus, this chair was designed to give us a basic knowledge of chair design. Along with joint pratices. Called the UNO chair because the entire chair is made from 1 inch stock. The chair is made from Tasmanian Blackwood. The slats are cut from solid, I know that they look like either bent laminations or steam bent but they aren’t. This is one the most comfortable chairs and lightest chair I have ever sat in or moved. I upolstered the seat myself. It was the first time I have ever tried that. Sorry the pictures are low quality but it is all I have right now.

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com





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Terdy

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#1 posted 02-01-2007 03:36 PM

Very cool piece. At first glance, I was sure the slats were bent-lam, but no…..what gives? How did you do it? Are you in a woodworking program? You referenced instructor? Nice tight joints. Looks like you have a really strong career ahead of you. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Terry

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 02-01-2007 04:06 PM

it DOES look comfortable. I’d love to be able to try it out.
Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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scottb

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#3 posted 02-02-2007 04:15 AM

Nice design, and excellent execution. Besides comfortable, I bet it does wonders to rejuvenate your back after a hard day. Any way to get the plans apart from taking the class… apart from popping over to the other side of the globe as you did? What an opportunity!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 02-02-2007 07:13 PM

Very nice, I love the exotic wood you have to work with.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Kaleo

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#5 posted 02-03-2007 02:30 PM

Terry-

Yes I am in a woodworking program. At the moment I am at The Australian School of Fine Furniture. I came here from the Washington D.C. are in the States.

As for the plans Scott, I’m sorry you are going to have to come over here and get them. Believe me though it’s worth.

Kaleo

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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scottb

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#6 posted 02-03-2007 10:10 PM

Say no more. I’m on my way ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Kaleo

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#7 posted 02-08-2007 01:34 PM

Terry-

Sorry I never answered your question. The slats were cut out a soild piece of timber. All I did was trace the outline an exsiting slat on its side. Then bandsawed the shape out roughly. Then I build a jig with hold downs that was the exact shape that I needed and ran the rough cut slats on the spindle molder ( or in the states we call them shapers). That’s it, nothing exciting. But it worked.

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 02-10-2007 04:40 PM

I don’t know how I missed this chair before. I try to look at chairs first, since I know how hard they are to build.

What type of joinery did you use on the cross braces and aprons? I have been wanting to buy a tool called a “Multi-router” for making chair joints. I am curious if your school has something like this, or teaches to use doweling, or what type of joinery they are training you in.

thanks, the chair is cool looking.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Kaleo

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#9 posted 02-11-2007 12:01 AM

Mark-

All the joinery in this chair are mortise and tenons. Except for the blocks connecting the front legs to the side rails. Those are just glue blocks that are glues on. But everything else including the slats are all mortised and tenoned.

Last year the head instructor here had a multi router and it was the coolest thing. You can create a lot of stuff on it. He had a set of special templates made to be able to cut really fine dovetail pins with. Somthing like a 1:10 pin instead of your typical 1:6 OR 1:8

They are not cheap to buy, but if I have the money I will get one.

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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Chip

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#10 posted 05-05-2007 02:45 AM

Great piece Kaleo! Saw this while wandering the site. Beautifully done. Where have you been? Don’t think I’ve seen you on here for a while.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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