Folding 18C Chair PART 1

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Project by Don Newton posted 06-20-2009 08:41 PM 2015 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Folding 18C Chair PART 1
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I built a slant front desk and needed an appropriate chair to go with it. A friend had a chair that I thought was pretty neat and hope you will like it as well. The chair is a folding chair of the type used by sea Captains aboard ship in the 18th Century. First I had to do a mock-up to test the layout and theory. I definately believe that a mock-up doesn’t have to be beautiful. I made my mock-up from left over panel product from various projects. Chair mock-up 1 Chair mock-up 2
The challange was to size the parts correctly so the chair would fold. After making adjustments to the mock-up I was ready to cut wood!
Once the pieces were cut I thought I would take a break from the woodworking and begin the seat. The seat frame was made from Poplar. I used bridle joints at the corners so I didn’t have a joint in the center of the piece that would cause problems with the location of the decorative tacks later on. Seat frame
Next I machined a slight “V” groove all around the frame to help align the decorative tacks when they are nailed on. Seat frame groove
Now it was time to add the webbing to support the foam. Seat with webbing
And then the burlap to cover the webbing so the foam will not get between the webbing. Seat with burlap
To complete the seat I added the foam and covered it with some stitched brown leather finished off with solid brass decorative tacks. Finished seat
I will continue with a second posting showing the finished chair parts.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#1 posted 06-20-2009 09:27 PM

Hey Don
A very interesting project can’t wait for more.

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#2 posted 06-20-2009 09:44 PM

Looks great. Love the leather. And it looks like your cat likes it too. Those of us with cats know they can be the harshest critics!

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#3 posted 06-20-2009 10:51 PM

If the cat approves, it must be just perfect!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 02:11 AM

very cool. The desk is beautiful as well.

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 04:01 AM

Very nice … just your pictures are helping me learn the craft …

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 05:02 AM

Nice work Don.

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 05:34 PM

Very interesting folding chair as well as the desk. Waiting for the completed chair.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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