Designing a Chair #5: Chair Saga Part V Final Chapter

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 11-07-2014 03:47 PM 1322 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my last proof of concept/prototype. From here on it’ll be a build and the project entry will be a tutorial. As you see I threw some stain on it to get a good idea on how it will look. (Dark colors are slimming, no?) I used the same stain as the table the chairs are destined for. This last chair is held together exclusively by screws, screws and more screws, highly visible screws! The production model will be glued with hidden screws for peace of mind. The plan is to take this one apart and use the pieces as patterns. I’m going to create a jig for the legs since I have to make 10 of these over time. I think a jig will be worth it. The jig in itself might be an entry here. Having made 3 of these, I believe I also know the best way to assemble it (I E order of steps.) With the cushion, the chair feels fine. Being of pine wood it’s light and easy to move. I think it looks like more than just a bunch of wood stuck together. Now I just need to accrue the funds to buy the wood. I’ll likely make these chairs in pairs or triples, since I get 1-1/2 basic chair parts from 1 1×12x8foot board. The backs and seats are plywood. That’s a different story.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 11-07-2014 03:56 PM

Looking good Dave. That prototype actually looks like I could be used as a final build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 11-07-2014 07:07 PM

Oldtool, Don’t put it past me to glue the chair together after I make my jig and give it the gorilla test of throwing it around and standing on it, etc. to find any weak points.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 11-08-2014 11:15 AM

Congratulations on the final version, Dave! The back looks lower than previous iterations. Does the design retain the stackablity option you were after?

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 11-08-2014 12:29 PM

Candy, The puffy seat cushion might be making the back look lower. It’s actually about 1/2 inch higher. I rounded up when I cut the length this time. It still stacks. That was pretty much a deal breaker for me in the design.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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