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Wegner inspired dining chair #5: Seat weaving and finishing up

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Blog entry by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 09-23-2014 09:46 PM 2413 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last time we ended here:



In the mean time i have been busy researching on methods of weaving seats. Lots of designs to consider.. But first we need to finish the chair it self.



Last time i just eyeballed the angle on the flat parts of the top of the back legs. Here i´m trying to get the angle right to make a jig for greater presizion and repeatability.



Its simple but it works- both on the inside and outside.



Trying to get the angle right for the holes in the back rest



And drilling the mortices


This finished the woodwork and all that was left was the seat. After googling about 1000 chairs with woven seats i had this idear about a diagonal weave:


But that did not work. It was not possible to get around the legs in a manner that would not leave an empty space in the middle of the seat. Bummer!



One of the reasons for the diagonal weave was that the seat tapers towards the back and if weaveing straight the straps might not bend nicely around the ends



Fiddeled with different solutions for a whole week and then just decided to see if it could work anyway. It was a nice, sunny day and my apples (Red Pineapple-apples in danish) are ripe. Time to make applecider!



The lengths of cord used are surprizingly long and i got to walk quite a bit. Dont know if it shows in the image but i walked quite a path in the lawn…



Almost there. Getting thighter now



A spray of water helps getting the straps through



And here the finished sides where i thought that the straps would ´bend out´. Not nearly as bad as feared.



And the assembled chair. Think it looks great and this will do as a template for my final chairs.



And the seat seen from above. Like the shape so much more that the previous prototype!
But the weaving is not quite tere yet. I dont like how the light wood shines through inbetween the straps and just looks sloppy overall. Lets do something about that:



The front



And adding additional strips to close the gaps



Took this kitchen knife to the grinder in order to make a sleek tool for prying the straps through narrow spots



Like so. Here adding an extra strip on top of the stretchers



My neighbour came by and grabbed the camera. Here a very consentrated woodworker…



This finishes of the back much nicer



And the overall impression.

There is a few details left to do better but this just works great. Now i feel confident that i can start on the final chairs and have most of the parts under control.
Great!


Lets finish of with the image of the assembled chair again:

Writing this blog now i am sitting in this chair. It is comfortable, stiff and gives a nice back support. Looking at it i feel that this is something that i (with some help from Wegner) have made. And it is MY chair. Today i am a proud woodworker!


It seems that i can now announce that the next part of the blog will be on the actual chairs. Thank you for reading along this far.


As allways: Let me know what you think!

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



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SPalm

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#1 posted 09-23-2014 11:33 PM

Congratulations!
The chair looks wonderful. Well done. The weaving looks great from here – much better than I thought it would. I am impressed.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-24-2014 12:50 AM

Professional and very classy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.................Jim

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

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madts

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 01:03 AM

My brother would buy 6 of those in a heartbeat. He loves Wegner.
He even lives in Espergærde.

Very nice job on the chair.
What are you going to use for the seats.

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

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 02:23 AM

Wow! Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing that

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 02:57 AM

super looking chair.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 07:09 AM

Glad you like it so far!
This has been a huge project and the positve feedback is much apreciated. Thanks all!

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

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#7 posted 09-24-2014 07:19 AM



My brother would buy 6 of those in a heartbeat. He loves Wegner.
He even lives in Espergærde.

Very nice job on the chair.
What are you going to use for the seats.

- madts

Perhaps i should have a chat with your brother and consider making a business out of building chairs… And Espergærde is only 1 hour away.

My intention with the seat is ot actually use the pallet-straps used here. They are in many ways perfect for the task and hey- always fun to do something new!

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

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jinkyjock

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#8 posted 09-24-2014 09:34 AM

Great looking chair.
And a very informative/comprehensive blog.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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thegringoww

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#9 posted 04-17-2015 02:20 PM

What a terrific looking chair! Is it comfortable to sit on?

-- The Gringo Woodworker, http://www.thegringowoodworker.com

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#10 posted 04-17-2015 05:05 PM

Thanks Gringo – glad you like it.
The chair is made to suit me perfectly so if I shall say so: Yes!

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

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Mitch Peacock

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#11 posted 06-30-2015 11:11 PM

Looks great. Love the angles.
How about ebonising the seat rails before construction – loose the light colour coming through but retain the crisp wood feel.

-- Design, Build, Inspire. http://www.WOmadeOD.co.uk

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#12 posted 07-01-2015 06:48 AM

Thanks Mitch.
Newer thought about using different color. Hmm.. Good idea!
At this time i am allso considering trying an attempt to use traditional paper cord and loose the problem all together.

Looking forward to see more of your fine videos!

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

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exelectrician

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#13 posted 08-03-2015 05:02 PM

When I read you words

” Today I am a proud woodworker”

I could really feel your excitement about completing a wonderful creation…......

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#14 posted 08-03-2015 05:17 PM

Yeah that was a great day!
Have sinse then worked a lot more on this project and another blog post is on the way (as soon as an option present itself to spend the required time..
A question in return: When was the last time you made yourself proud?

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

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exelectrician

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#15 posted 08-04-2015 05:08 AM

Making this for the first time was a thrill.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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