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

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Blog entry by Loren posted 68 days ago 707 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 68 days ago

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.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#2 posted 68 days ago

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 68 days ago

I like it Loren, nice.

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

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#4 posted 68 days ago

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 66 days ago

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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