So before I get to my question, I realize that I may be approaching some kind of a record…...over 5 years in the making of my wife’s rocking chair. Instead of finishing it for my first child (we now have 2, ages 4 and 2), I’m now focused on finishing it to prove that I’m not going to be a chair flunkie.
On to the question:
I’m about to cut the top of the back braces, and my plans might be shifting. I need aesthetic opinions, and structural thoughts (especially from those who’ve made chairs, or broken back slats before).
My original plan was to keep the “typical” pattern of Hal Taylor, which would be an inverse curve from my headrest (I turned the headrest upside down).
However, I’m second guessing this thought because I’m concerned about maybe having too many design features, and just making it overly busy. Am I being too critical? (I’m an engineer, so overthinking things kinda runs in me). So, next, I thought about mirroring the flow of the headrest:
I find this a little too plain for my tastes. I really like the look of some of the slats having a tall section of “spindle” look to them. So I started playing with some other ideas .The pencil lines on the left (blue) and right (green) of the center slat are just a little different. The left-most slat has nearly zero “straight” section, so this option has a more dramatic sweeping look than the right side. I realize both are essentially straight lines right now (not a curve when connecting one slat to the next), but I’ll remedy that before actually cutting.
Are these last two going to be weak? The longest section of a “spindle” topped back slat is the middle one – the one which would get the most stress on it from sitting down. What do you think of my original idea? Is this getting too complex? What do you think? and what would you do?
-- Ryan -- Delano, MN