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pontic

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01-20-2020 03:14 AM

This is a design concept for dining chairs made with only 3/4

You think they will hold up?

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum


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#1 posted 01-20-2020 04:05 AM

I don’t think “holding up” will be a problem. They look sturdy, however, I have a problem with chairs that have straight backs. At least this one looks straight in the photo. Straight backs are uncomfortable to sit in for very long or possibly it is because I’m getting old. For a chair to be more comfortable the back should slant back about 10 to 12 degrees.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 01-20-2020 05:00 AM

Looks sturdy, but uncomfortable…agree with LesB. I think you could also taper the back legs without affecting the strength much…but the seat angle doesn’t look quite right.

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#3 posted 01-20-2020 05:01 AM

—duplicate—-

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#4 posted 01-20-2020 05:55 AM

I guess it’s the photo angel. I have an 8 degree taper on the back.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#5 posted 01-20-2020 06:16 AM

Good looking chair but 2 things I don’t like:
1) the pinched in side appearance – the back leg wider at the bottom makes the legs look pinched in and I’m not the biggest fan.
2) The legs look too thin from the front angle, although I’m sure they are plenty strong, a corbel connecting the front stretcher to the legs would give it a more balanced appearance.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 01-20-2020 11:07 AM

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#7 posted 01-20-2020 03:23 PM

I suppose I could Taper the back leg to balance the design more. I like the open legs. As far as the curved back I would like to do that but that would require laminating two 3/4 planks and band sawing and then shaving and sanding. I wanted this design to be made with 3/4” oak that one can buy from a big box store and build with saw, drill press, chisel ,jigsaw, glue and a few clamps. Joinery could either be craig screws or tenons.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#8 posted 01-20-2020 03:36 PM



I suppose I could Taper the back leg to balance the design more. I like the open legs. As far as the curved back I would like to do that but that would require laminating two 3/4 planks and band sawing and then shaving and sanding. I wanted this design to be made with 3/4” oak that one can buy from a big box store and build with saw, drill press, chisel ,jigsaw, glue and a few clamps. Joinery could either be craig screws or tenons.

- pontic

I think a chair that isnt optimized for comfort is just fine. I mean I dont like having dinner guests anyway so if they dont want to sit around and bore me with small talk after dinner because the chair is uncomfortable then all the better in my book.

Being serious tho I think the idea for a chair that is simple to build with just 3/4 stock is a fine idea. Im wondering what it would look like with the outer edge of each leg straight and an inner taper. The chair you’ve designed is giving me a gothic design feel and i think strait lines on the outer edges with the taper on the inside would balance it better.

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#9 posted 01-20-2020 05:47 PM

I have no insight but am excited to see such an accessible chair-building idea.
Re: “Kreg screws or tenons” I may be wrong, but I think with the strain chairs can be exposed to, tenons would be far superior to pocket screws.
Anyway, great idea!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#10 posted 01-20-2020 06:56 PM

i agree about the opinions on the leg design just doesnt look right.i also would not do kreg screws,i dont think they would hold up long term.and im with sansoo,the hell with getting too comfortable,eat and get out-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 01-20-2020 07:46 PM

The pocket screw style also has cleats and stringers. I will taper the back legs and reverse the detail on the top style.
I’ll have part two in poplar shortly. Also the pocket screw version as well.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#12 posted 01-21-2020 10:30 PM

Nice work and joinery. My only issue is with the seat. It doesn’t look deep enough for large people and the angle always seems to make my legs go to sleep when the front is higher than the back. Those legs do look narrow from the front.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#13 posted 01-21-2020 10:52 PM

The grace in graceful on a chair usually comes from sweeping lines, bows, and bends. Curvature of the crest rail, for me is a must. I’m not seeing that here. Sorry to say it has the look of something Russian military via 1955.

I’d suggest some sweep, of the seat area, as well as some bow to the back, and a defined angle on the leg.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 01-21-2020 11:13 PM

These are the responses that are great for this site and its members. I think people want more constructive feedback when posting projects, at least I do.


This is a design concept for dining chairs made with only 3/4
- pontic

So, as a design concept the feedback my be something pontic is looking for.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#15 posted 01-21-2020 11:19 PM



These are the responses that are great for this site and its members. I think people want more constructive feedback when posting projects, at least I do.

This is a design concept for dining chairs made with only 3/4
- pontic

So, as a design concept the feedback my be something pontic is looking for.

- Andybb


+1 i wish i got more constructive feed back rather than the usual,looks nice,great work.i mean i love to hear it but if someone has an idea that might make my work better i m all for it.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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