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Project by Gianni posted 11-25-2014 12:51 PM 909 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister asked if I could make a little tea table for my niece for Christmas. Ever since I saw one of the Rohlfs desk chairs I’ve been in love with the design, so this seemed like the perfect storm.

To simplify the build, I cheesed up the bases considerably from the original design. Instead of the mitered half-lap cross braces I just did a simple apron for the support. On this mini scale, I could get away with that, as the legs are only 12” high. The bases are basically 3 panels with bevels on the corners to join them in an equilateral triangle. The backs were then cut, shaped, and screwed to the back using 4×1 5/8” screws that I covered with walnut dowels.

Due to time and the number of projects stacking up before Christmas, I didn’t attempt the carving in the back. I did consider doing a thin scrollwork applique in walnut to help tie in the table, but decided it was simple and somewhat elegant to just use the chair fabric for that purpose.

The table base is mortise and tenon, and the diamond in a diamond in a square in a square top turned out to be the biggest challenge (I hate miters). Due to the fact that there are two grain directions, I used biscuits to join all of the bits and pieces.

I’m really happy with how it turned out, although my niece now updated her request such that the finished product be pink and purple. I told my sister that if she painted it, I was unfriending her in real life.





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doitforfun

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#1 posted 11-25-2014 01:21 PM

Very nice! And yes, painting it should result in a severe penalty.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 11-25-2014 07:35 PM

LOL!

Nice job.

Check out Peter’s work. He’s a big Rohlfs fan.

http://lumberjocks.com/Woodbridge

Keep up the great work!

Hey if they want to paint it make one in poplar or pine? The customer is always right even if they want paint? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Gianni

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#3 posted 11-25-2014 09:47 PM

I should have mentioned Woodbridge, as his posts and blogs on this chair were about the only source of reference material. To get the dimensions for a 13” tall version, I used his chair height of 53” (iirc) and a photo of the chair in the Met to “measure” the other dimensions on the computer.

I must have come close, since the chairs look somewhat proportional to the original.

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Woodbridge

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#4 posted 11-25-2014 11:57 PM

Wonderful! I love them. The chairs look great. I think that is a pretty cool modern interpretation of Rohlfs desk chair. It would look great as a full size version as well.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Gianni

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#5 posted 11-26-2014 02:05 AM

Thank you very much! Means a lot coming from someone who’s done such great work.

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#6 posted 11-26-2014 05:22 PM

I like Peter’s idea. And with your machine you made for joinery?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 11-27-2014 12:26 PM

For the table, yes I used the mortising machine. For the chairs I had to fuss with the length of the front apron to get all of the bevels to line up properly, so I used pocket screws to make slicing and sizing easier.

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