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Project by dat posted 11-02-2014 11:44 PM 1706 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Chair prototype – I actually built this earlier this year but just put a finish on it. I was considering building a set of dining chairs so I made this as a test to see how difficult it would be. It is made with dimensional red oak from Lowe’s.

All of the pieces are joined with 3/8” dowels. The chair came out OK – the seat is a little too deep and the back is not angled enough, but you can sit on it and it won’t collapse, so it is a functional chair. :-)





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siavosh

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 12:33 AM

Nice work. I’m currently brainstorming and research basic chair designs, hoping to make one sometime next year. The constraints of a comfortable and nice looking chair seem far more complex than the things I’ve been making so far. Thinking maybe I should build a prototype like you first as well. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 11-03-2014 03:06 AM

It’s a nice simple chair in any case. I’m going through a process now of designing/building a set of chairs to match a table I built recently.

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#3 posted 11-03-2014 07:53 PM

Thank you for sharing. Nice looking prototype. I am starting to think that if one wants a comfortable chair, he has to come up with a custom design based on individual measurements. Still trying to understand how user’s body measurements should be translated into the chair dimensions and design. I guess a good way is to find an office chair in which as many things are adjustable as possible (the seat height, width, depth and tilt angle; the lumbar support height, the arm height, the backrest height) and then find and record a few comfortable configurations. I’m sure there should be a few sets of chair dimensions that are comfortable, not just one. Have yet to find a comfortable chair for myself.

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#4 posted 11-04-2014 02:07 AM

Here’s an ergonomics diagram I found online that I’m using in my design, might be helpful:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KFz5kASVe-s/Th-DaHlTGBI/AAAAAAAAAVA/iUKhuoQwpUc/s1152/rittercurve.jpg

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#5 posted 11-04-2014 03:49 AM

Looks like even with a complete set of body measurements it would be hard to tell what the basic chair dimensions should be. Different purpose chairs for the same person may have quite varying design and dimensions.

This table is from “Building Chairs” (published in 1994) of “The Art of Woodworking” series. John Grew-Sheridan in SF came up with a chair-fitting jig which captures user’s posture and body measurements (photo from the same book). I guess going to an office furniture outlet may be not such a silly idea.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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