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Project by scoot1111 posted 01-20-2009 at 12:44 PM 2228 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a friend of mine named dana was fatally injured in a car crash in june 2008. at that time i was working on my first scaled version of the chair. she had seen my first mockup/prototype and flipped, plus she planned to attend a woodworking class in tennessee. thus the ‘dana’ chair.
and it probably would not have been born had it not been for mr. sam maloof.

-- scott





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#1 posted 01-20-2009 at 12:48 PM

These are tow nice chairs do you plan to do a complete table set say, six or eight maybe ? I like them very much Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 at 01:04 PM

wow! love the design influence scott. Any idea on how many hours it took you? some gorgeous shaping there…at first I thought you were another member who has posted similar looking prototypes to yours, but none of them were as sophisticated as this i think. Thanks for sharing this

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#3 posted 01-20-2009 at 01:27 PM

This is a great looking design. I am curious to know how the back is attached and how you built in sturdyness to these chairs.

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 01-20-2009 at 02:06 PM

wow, thanks for the coooool comments!
these chairs are deceivingly sturdy, due to starting with 8/4 cherry. the ‘neck’ is set at 7 degrees with the front face of the slot it receives the same angles. the sides are 90 degrees up/down which makes a very tight dry fit. i go in deep enough (~ 1” ) and 2 X 21/2” inch screws come up from the bottom.
when i completed my first one, i schlepped it around abq, going to architects/designers, and one architect who was pushing 400 lbs. sat down. the chair took him, no prob.
the first chair followed me around for 2 weeks. i would set it in the house and study it so it took me on a trip, so to speak.
i’ve done 4 of them for a guy in florida and, so far that has been my only commission but the plan is to do 8-10 and perhaps 2 armchairs for those sitting at the head of the table.

-- scott

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#5 posted 01-20-2009 at 02:23 PM

These are great very elegant. Great form. They look like you could sit for hours. Geat job

-- "Experience is often what you get when you were expecting something else"

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Andrew Friesen

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#6 posted 01-20-2009 at 03:17 PM

It’s such a great design. It seems in the vein of those plywood chairs everyone is making, but made with solid. It’s moderne with traditional integrity. Cool.

-- -Andrew

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#7 posted 01-20-2009 at 03:33 PM

I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#8 posted 01-20-2009 at 03:54 PM

wow! very nice. I have as of yet made a chair, but it’s on my to try list. I am sure I’ll need some new tools and have many questions. Great job.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#9 posted 01-20-2009 at 07:27 PM

Great legs. Um . . . on the chair that is. :-)

Got any close up pics on how they attach to the seat.

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#10 posted 01-20-2009 at 08:49 PM

Very nice design…clean…utilitarian…stackable??? Could almost be something from the 50s…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#11 posted 01-21-2009 at 07:13 AM

Gorgeous chairs. I love the sculpted forms. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Built2Last

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#12 posted 01-23-2009 at 03:27 PM

These are beautiful chairs!!!!!!!!!!!!
Forgive me for asking, but would you mind telling me how much you would sell a chair like this for?????
Again, very beautiful !!!!!!!!!

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#13 posted 01-26-2009 at 09:43 AM

Great job man. Excellent design and execution. I was thinking more Danish modern that Maloof when I first found these. These are similar to the sculpted style that Sam Maloof uses but very much a unique design. I would be very proud of myself if I were you, you’ve got a design equally beautiful to Sam’s but different enough to not be called a copy or replica. I’m still working toward that goal : ). Great job!

Thanks again for sharing

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Eric

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#14 posted 01-23-2010 at 09:46 AM

Great!! Very Danish Modern design. Like it very much.

-- Eric "That's all very well and human, but when will you stop having to apologize and start doing your very best you can? When will you begin?"

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