The Blue and Green Spaceship #5: Advice desired: Squaring seat basin edge.

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Blog entry by Colin_Zimmerman posted 12-10-2013 05:43 PM 984 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey there LumberJockians!

Im building a low back dining chair that I will pair with a desk.

I got my booty bucket carved out. I used a grinder with a flap disk. Lots of dust, but also lots of future wood filler. Since I used a grinder all the edges are round and smooth. I am wanting a more clean line with a drastic initial curve into the basin. I hope that makes sense.

Anybody have suggestions on how to make my chair look more like the “standard” basin?

Does this seem to be the best way?

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View tomd's profile


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#1 posted 12-10-2013 07:33 PM

I am not a pro chair maker so take my thoughts with a little salt. I have made a lot of Winsor chairs. It looks as though you have made a squared seat, it should be it’s widest at the front, extend the lines closer to the front legs, do not use too sharp of a line into the basin would you want to set on something with a sharp edge ? Think of the shape of the object that you wish to put into it. Look at the second picture you posted, the seat is wide at the front the shape is rounded with a sloping drop into the seat. Good luck and have fun with it.
PS; I used a grinder with a sanding disc to carve mine out, changing grits as I went, then finishing with a ROS.

-- Tom D

View robscastle's profile


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#2 posted 10-07-2014 09:36 PM

Colin, take a look at the Sam Maloof videos there is a example shown somewhere of how Sam did it.

The small childs chairs I made I used an Arbortec Planner much the same process as tomd did.
I think to make them comfortable the base needs to be curved away and down from the center then up again at the sides. Again I am not a pro chair maker either !!

-- Regards Rob

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