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Forum topic by aak posted 05-17-2011 04:38 PM 7646 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2011 04:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rietveld patio chair

Today, when thinking about making patio chair, I came across a chair designed in the 1919’s by a dutch designer Rietveld. I checked out some pictures of the chair online and by the looks of it, it does seem pretty straightforward to build. Has anyone had the experience of building one? Please share your comments/suggestions and gotchas that I need to look out for before I venture into building one as an experiment. Do note, that my wood working skills are novice and thus far, I only have a workbench to the list of my project credits.

Any recommendation on type of wood to use and where I can find it? I stay in Dallas, TX.


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#1 posted 05-17-2011 05:17 PM

A lot of Rietveld chairs are made quite light which means you need to
use stronger than normal woods and robust, accurate joinery to
compensate for the engineering weaknesses in the chairs.

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 06:52 PM

There are many detailed plans, even SketchUp drawings out there in cyberspace for the gritty details.
Although this doesn’t specifically address your question, in my picture clippings folder I have these 2 “Rietveld red-blue” like pictures. Thought you might find them interesting to look at before you start on your own red-blue odyssey….

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 10:40 PM

Haven’t had the chance to start this project yet. Planning to tackle it this weekend. any other useful inputs before this adventure begins?


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#4 posted 09-27-2011 10:37 PM

There is a very good thread about the Red Blue Chair at the following link.

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