methods of work #24: Steam bent dining chair comfort prototype

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Blog entry by Loren posted 10-29-2013 10:28 PM 1336 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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54 days into the prototyping process, this is the latest iteration of my ergonomic bentwood dining chair design. The process has shown the chair is buildable without a lot of bending failure issues and the back design is very comfortable, at least in terms of what one can expect of a solid wood dining chair.

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#1 posted 10-30-2013 02:05 AM

Nice form and looks comfortable.

Will you attach some cross braces on the legs?

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 03:21 AM


How do you decide on seat height and width?
This looks like small scale furniture. I am only 5’6”. I hate giant chairs. I like the looks of this.


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#3 posted 10-30-2013 03:25 AM

This is just a mockup with a hard seat I am using to experiment
with the back leg design. It won’t have additional bracing but the
top rails will be wider in the final version.

The seat is 17” from the floor. That’s pretty standard. It’s probably
about 14” across and front to back.

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 03:36 PM

Sertainly looks promising. Looking forward to see the real thing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#5 posted 10-31-2013 02:11 PM

Now I see why you needed that reversing curve steam bend you made, interesting how one project can
make us learn something new.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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