methods of work #32: "Composing" a bent wood dining chair

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Blog entry by Loren posted 06-13-2014 04:59 PM 1349 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 31: Steam bending a leg off the corner. Part 32 of methods of work series Part 33: Through tenons for a dining chair »

“Composing” a bent wood dining chair. The back board is filthy from tannins in the wood reacting to the steam used to bend it. It can be scraped off. The front legs are bent slightly off the corner so there’s a little flair both outwards and forward at the bottom. The chair is too tall and deep for a normal person right now because the front legs need to be cut down a bit (I leave parts overlong for bending because sometimes a crack or other distortion forms the ends have to be cut off to remove it) and the 2×6 establishing the distance between the front and back is just a random scrap piece.

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#1 posted 06-13-2014 05:08 PM

Loren, the outline resembles a Rohlfs chair. It’s on my bucket list for next year. The leg flair is nice and subtle. Looking forward to your next steps.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 06-13-2014 05:25 PM

I was looking at some sort of Asian-ish chairs… really
just kind of modernist mash-ups that some people like,
and I started thinking about bending a one piece back
and making a chair that way. Not really my preferred
style to have a narrow back like this, but I want to
expand my portfolio and this sort of thing is useful
to me in that context.

I’m thinking about doing some chip carving or something
like that on the back to make it more arts and crafts-y.

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#3 posted 06-13-2014 11:11 PM

I like it Loren, nice.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 06-14-2014 04:52 AM

Thanks… I like it too even though hard narrow-backed
chairs are not my thing. I’m looking at vocabulary
here and the steam bending opens it up for me.

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#5 posted 06-15-2014 10:10 PM

Wow Lauren! I know this is gonna be sooo nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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