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Reclaimed Mahogany/Oak Sandwich - Danish 1950's Poul Jensen style Z Chair

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Project by CRUDESKINNYB posted 04-27-2015 11:24 PM 3211 views 29 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second chair project based on a Danish 1950’s Poul Jensen design. Similar to the first one i posted not to long ago. Quite a bit more complicated to make due to the sandwiching of the wood and the shaping of the arms. Has taken about 5 or so weekends and some late nights.

Made from some old mahogany that used to be a science workbench and some oak that was an old table top.

Finished with brushed on Polyurethane varnish to start then followed by two wipe on coats which was a 1:2 ratio of thinner and varnish. Wipe on was a lot easier to apply.

No plans for this, Just drew a new template for the side pieces and prototyped the arms with scrap first.

The underside of the arms are curved. Used the bandsaw for most of it then belt sander then RO sander.

Cushion is currently an ikea one but i have ordered some foam and some nice duck egg blue material to cover it with.

A fun but complicated project that i seemed to learn a lot from.

Thanks for looking.
(previous project) http://lumberjocks.com/projects/142866


Template used for routing using flush trim bit.





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#1 posted 04-27-2015 11:53 PM

I love this style, excellent execution. Did you have to spent a lot of time trying to find straight grain lumber to make parts to be as thin as they are?

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#2 posted 04-28-2015 02:55 AM

very nice

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#3 posted 04-28-2015 07:42 AM

Wow! Just the kind of furniture I like to see- way too little MCM styff around here.
Like the detail with the lighter strip of wood. But best of all: the shape. Am quite impressed that you just frehanded a template and went along. Looks comfy.

How did it work for you using old timber?

Things like this sets a high standard. I realy hope to see more from your workshop in the future.
Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 04-28-2015 09:17 AM

great looking chair

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#5 posted 04-28-2015 11:25 AM

Amazing work, great chair.

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CRUDESKINNYB

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#6 posted 04-28-2015 11:26 AM

Thanks for the great feebback.


I love this style, excellent execution. Did you have to spent a lot of time trying to find straight grain lumber to make parts to be as thin as they are?
- siavosh

Thanks very much. I just had to use the timber the the old worktop yielded for the mahogany. Luckily it was pretty straight and i had no problems. To be honest i did not really bother to check grain more checking for how deep the burn marks and scratches were as it came from an old science bench. I chose the best pieces for the outside.


Wow! Just the kind of furniture I like to see- way too little MCM styff around here.
Like the detail with the lighter strip of wood. But best of all: the shape. Am quite impressed that you just frehanded a template and went along. Looks comfy.

How did it work for you using old timber?

Things like this sets a high standard. I realy hope to see more from your workshop in the future.
Thanks for sharing

- kaerlighedsbamsen

Thanks a lot!
Regarding the router template: on my first chair I used it hand held but due to the width of the wood it was hard to keep the router upright. I switched to a router table for this chair and the results were much better. I did have to do a few climb cuts as some of the grain direction meant that i was getting a little tear-out but nothing to major. Just gave a cleaner edge.

Regarding old timber it feels great to turn something that is battered and bruised and that someone was going to throw out into something usable beautiful. Obviously you have to watch out for screw holes and as I had deep burn marks those too. Timber was probably about 40 years old mahogany and the oak probably from the 40’s.

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#7 posted 04-28-2015 01:29 PM

great looking chair

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#8 posted 04-28-2015 01:38 PM

This is great!!!

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#9 posted 04-28-2015 03:59 PM

I like the contrasting wood. Fantastic job.

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#10 posted 04-28-2015 04:18 PM

All of your projects are awesome. Great design & execution! It would be interesting to see what the old lumber/wood looked like before the transformation.

Is your location Brighton, MI?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#11 posted 04-28-2015 04:50 PM

Very nice job! I’ve wanted to make this exact style of chair, but couldn’t find any information on dimensions/angles. Pretty impressive that you created it without plans.

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#12 posted 04-28-2015 08:55 PM

Looks great!

What kind of joiner was use for the assembles?

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#13 posted 04-29-2015 03:32 AM

Deficit eye catcher! I’m a fan of Danish modern. I had a similar chair Had blue vinyl padding.

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CRUDESKINNYB

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#14 posted 04-29-2015 08:14 PM


All of your projects are awesome. Great design & execution! It would be interesting to see what the old lumber/wood looked like before the transformation.

Is your location Brighton, MI?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

- rtbrmb

Thank you very much, Brighton UK.
This is the mahogany, underside was covered in chewing gum. These pieces are not to bad. I have cut them to width where the old joint were.


Looks great!

What kind of joiner was use for the assembles?

- dwpearl

Thanks! All the joints are dowel joints including the back pieces


Very nice job! I ve wanted to make this exact style of chair, but couldn t find any information on dimensions/angles. Pretty impressive that you created it without plans.

- kthornbloom

Thankyou. I can put up a picture of the template with height and width measurements if you want.
That way just print to a scale and you can measure all the angles and sizes from that.

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#15 posted 04-29-2015 11:18 PM



Thankyou. I can put up a picture of the template with height and width measurements if you want.
That way just print to a scale and you can measure all the angles and sizes from that.

If it’s not too much trouble, I’d love to see it!

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