Flight Chair

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Project by Matthew Weatherly posted 2069 days ago 2727 views 21 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair was my first woodworking project while studying Scandinavian furniture design and woodworking in Denmark (Summer of 2001). The assignment was to design and build a “seating object” from one Maple board measuring 2.5” thickness x 8” width x 4’ length. My goal was to create a chair that had a full seat and backrest, while expressing the Scandinavian design influences. I remember the first time I glued up the slats for the seat rest, and was nervous to sit down at first. Our shop mentor, Lars Hansen, had no worries and just flopped down on it as if it were made from concrete. I was happy that I took the risk and experimented with this design; as it made me aware of how strong and flexible wood can be.

-- Matthew Weatherly

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#1 posted 2069 days ago

Fantastic design, looks delicate at first glance. Then when you look closer the joints look solid. Well done you should be proud of the design. What kind of grade did you get? I would think at least an “A”

-- Measure three times, cut twice.

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#2 posted 2069 days ago

That is one coll chair !! I hope u got a A plus for it !!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#3 posted 2068 days ago

great looking piece.
the photography is excellant as well!

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#4 posted 2068 days ago

Unique and very well done

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 2068 days ago

I’ll echo Darryl’s comments. Absolutely fantastic work!

-- Greg, CT

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Matthew Weatherly

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#6 posted 2068 days ago

Thanks everyone!

-- Matthew Weatherly

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#7 posted 2068 days ago

I really like the infrastructure of this. The legs, spine and seat all join together and grow outward. It looks sturdy and yet fragile. I’d really like to try this chair out to fee how sturdy and comfortable it is. Very nicely done.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 2068 days ago

This is a beautifully executed design. I think it is one of the most unique chair designs seen on LJ or anywhere for that matter. I really like the way the slats are cantilevered off a central structure and how you have thinned the edges to visually lighten the piece. Your choice of wood further plays on the lightness of scale while maintainiing a presence.

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#9 posted 2068 days ago

VERY Impressive
Im inspired, thank you very much!

dayton brown

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#10 posted 2068 days ago


-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#11 posted 2068 days ago

So cool! Great design.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 2068 days ago

I would love to hear more about the process… very nice chair thanks for posting.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#13 posted 2068 days ago

very nice…....

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#14 posted 2068 days ago

That is truly sweet. I love it. Both design and execution.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 2068 days ago

Great looking chair.It looks comfy.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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