LumberJocks

Wegner inspired dining chair #6: And then the final, real chairs

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 07-25-2017 09:06 PM 1826 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Seat weaving and finishing up Part 6 of Wegner inspired dining chair series no next part

This whole series have all the time evolved around making a set of dining chairs out of two large slabs of European elm that was sawed at my mothers farm and stored, first in their barn, and then in my workshop.

Having gotten the design (nearly finished) in the previous posts this is about making the final chairs.
If you have not already, see the project post here




Cutting up the timber was quite a challenge. The trees had been felled because of an attack of Dutch Elm Disease and parts of it was rather soft du to the infection. Needed to cut around these parts, have enough materials left, and still get all the parts with parallel grain for strengthness. This stye of chair relies on straight grain in order to be light and strong at the same time.



More fiddling with where to place the different parts. The 4 back leg piezes needed to have the most straight grain and at the same time be rift or quarter sawn in order to have predictable grain pattern.



All blanks cut



Made myself a steadyrest. Works great and should have done this a long time ago



Even worked for turning the ends of the front legs that are much exposed and needs to look perfect



Like so



And planed down the rails in order to be suited for weaving the seat



Cut, finger tapped and glued up two back rests. Needed to be super carefull to get the grain running in the right direction, and making a nice pattern, as this glueup have 2 vertical and 2 horizontal piezes joined together.



Cut the backs on the table saw using my simple jig. Finished the shape using handsaws, rasps chisels etc but forgot to take pictures.




Here the story jumps forward nearly two years. I find challenging projects takes a lot of time and are best done in the summer vacation. Now last summer i got an new apartment badly in need of work. So my summer vacation was, in large parts, spent painting, installign new kitchen etc and almost no shop time.
The chair parts sat half finished in storage and waited for my return.





Then one lovely spring day this year I got out the lathe and made the last parts, here the stretchers. This time I gave them a slight barrel shape in order to better fit the rails



And started drilling holes. This step is super critical and needs to be spot on accurate. Got myself an new-old drill press that are super accurate and runs like a dream



Tons of holes..

Looks neat



Test fitting. Looks promising!



And glueing up



and the frame together.





Here the observant reader will notice a break in time again. Spring have turned to summer and a got a new-old table saw



A critical step is attaching the back rest to the legs. On my prototype chair the back rest have loosened and needed to be repaired. Did not want this to happen so did a lot of reading and research and found that a stepped tennon would be a good method.



Cut up soem fibre board to make a few jigs. The joints need to be accurate and at the right angle – and do NOT want to mess up at this stage. The new table saw has a sliding table that makes cutting boards and panels a breeze



This works like so



And, with the help of the saw rest and accurate marking, makes tennons like so. Now just repeat 3 times



And another jig in use to hold the back rest. This drill press is sturdy enough to use with router bits that makes for accurate holes with a flat bottom. Nice when there is not a lot of materials left..



And fitting the mortices with chisels



A little glue and the chairs are together



4 layers of linseed oil/turpentine/varnish blend



And we get this




Now onto something else. On the prototype the seat was made from pallet straps. This material is suoper strong and wear resistant so for the right design the perfect material. But there were some challenges getting it to work on my chairs and have desided to abandon it in favor for traditional Danish paper yarn. Here my skills were about zero but found super help in this video series by skilled Calb James. If you are into Mid Century Modern he shares a lot of interesting stuff on Instagram as well.



This comes wrapped in these lovely bundles and makes me want to order a whole lot more just to have the joy of opening the packages.



Made myself some shuttles in maple



The Workmate came in handy



Getting the first rounds even is the most dificult part



And the final first seat. Not perfect but ok’ish for a first. The next one turned out better



And there you have it. Summer vacation ended and I am the happy owner of 2 special dining chairs – and a whole load of experience. Love my cozy worksop and look forward to more time here soon



And there they are in the new apartment together with the table I made last summer, similar to this one: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/164674

Of course there are the tiny mistakes that only I see, but overall i could not be more pleased. A lot learned and feel ready for another challenging project.



Hope you anjoyed following along. Let me know if you have questions or coments!

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



9 comments so far

View Redoak49's profile

Redoak49

2848 posts in 1798 days


#1 posted 07-25-2017 10:09 PM

Very well done…..nice chairs.

View madts's profile

madts

1801 posts in 2149 days


#2 posted 07-25-2017 10:53 PM

I just love. Wonderful design (Wenger). Wonderful interpretation (Bamse).

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

View SPalm's profile

SPalm

5303 posts in 3692 days


#3 posted 07-25-2017 11:01 PM

Nice blog
I am loving your love of workmanship.

Well done sir,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View EarlS's profile

EarlS

553 posts in 2158 days


#4 posted 07-25-2017 11:22 PM

You definitely need to post the chairs as a project. They are very nice.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

View kaerlighedsbamsen's profile

kaerlighedsbamsen

1230 posts in 1523 days


#5 posted 07-26-2017 05:36 AM

Redoak: Trying my best
madts: I love that you love our work (Wegner and I)!
SPalm: That is a great sentence. Love the love.. And i love the suppert i get here.
EarlS: Thank you. Already did post it. Could you not see it?

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

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

19567 posts in 2915 days


#6 posted 07-26-2017 11:53 AM

Excellent design and workmanship!! Nice fixtures you’ve made along the way , too!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View mafe's profile

mafe

11623 posts in 2899 days


#7 posted 09-03-2017 08:45 PM

Wauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!
Alsmost sad I did not see this blog before, but happy since I did see it!
What a wonderful story, wonderful to see your way of working, I admire your dedication and how nothing is just happening. Careful planning, lots of research and thinking, this leads to a crisp and beautiful result.
From my heart; ‘I am really impressed’.
Way to go my friend.
Hope to see you soon.
Best of my thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View kaerlighedsbamsen's profile

kaerlighedsbamsen

1230 posts in 1523 days


#8 posted 09-04-2017 10:54 PM

@Jim: Thanks a lot, glad you apreciate it.
@Mads: Love your joyfull comments. And glad you liked reading along. As you are the master of woodworking blogs here i take that as a great compliment!

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

View mafe's profile

mafe

11623 posts in 2899 days


#9 posted 09-05-2017 09:38 PM

You should. ;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com