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Project by cdv posted 01-31-2015 05:11 AM 834 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This ZigZag chair was designed by the Dutch Architect Gerrit Rietveld in the 1930’s. I’m prejudiced, but I think it looks a lot better than the chairs that have a solid base from one side to the other that are seen elsewhere on this site.

The joinery is all mortices and loose tenons, all epoxied with no screws. The corners of the ‘Z’ have 3 ‘locking tenons’ that make it virtually impossible for the joint to separate; the wood will crack first.

The plans called for every individual piece to be 1 3/8” x 1 5/8. The only oak I had was some new tongue and groove oak flooring I had left over. I planed the 3/4” boards down to 5/8” to remove the ridges that were on the bottom. Then I put in 4 biscuits in each piece and glued them together. That gave me a piece 1 1/4” x 1 3/4” that I thought would be close enough. Then I proceeded to rout the mortices and make the tenons.

Comments are welcome.





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McDustmaker

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#1 posted 01-31-2015 01:35 PM

Nice looking chair and interesting design.

-- Richard, Temple, GA.....If I smell of sawdust then I was having fun

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#2 posted 02-01-2015 01:12 AM

very interesting design for sure- great job!

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 02-01-2015 11:49 AM

good job

-- irtamos, Belgium

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