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Rietveld Rood-Blau Stoel (Red and Blue Chair) 2/3 scale

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Project by naomi weiss posted 04-19-2010 12:46 PM 3882 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Rietveld Rood-Blau Stoel (Red and Blue Chair) 2/3 scale
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Sorry the photo’s sideways. The idea of doing this chair is indebted to this blog post (where the plans are available). Scaling it to half-size seemed a bit small, so i made it 2/3 size. I think the most time consuming thing was shaving down the dowels. For some weird reason, the drill-bit sizes don’t correspond with the dowel sizes! Anyway, I was impressed at how strong the Rietveld joint is. Still, i hope it doesn’t break!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor





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acanthuscarver

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#1 posted 04-19-2010 12:58 PM

But where are the dovetails?

Looks great! Keep up the good work.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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naomi weiss

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 01:08 PM

Thanks, Dave.
Thanks, Chuck. It was rewarding to do this piece for all sorts of reasons, but i didn’t feel like it was woodworking. You’re probably right—it was lack of dovetails!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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mmh

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#3 posted 04-19-2010 01:50 PM

Nicely done. Considering the lack of fancy tools, you’ve done quite an impressive job. Now if we can only get you into a wood workshop with some real tools, imagine what you’d be creating then!

-- "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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Waldschrat

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#4 posted 04-19-2010 02:11 PM

Great work! I am a fan of Rietveld. so why did you scale it down? Was the original too big? To be honest, I do know what the original dimensions are.

Looks nice, if you like Rietveld you should check out his famous buffet-cabinet. Looking forward to hopefully more projects!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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Chase

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#5 posted 04-19-2010 02:24 PM

nice looking chair, and I really love the slide show. It is cool to see the pieces come together.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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woodism

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#6 posted 04-19-2010 07:35 PM

Great idea to scale it down… next time your dowels dont fit. take the drill bit and drill a hole through a piece of steel, then all you have to do is drive the dowels through the hole for a perfect match. ( dowels often swell a bit after manufacture so they rarely EVER fit properly.

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naomi weiss

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#7 posted 04-20-2010 01:48 AM

Nicholas—i have been obsessively trying to find info on that buffet piece ever since i came across a discussion you had on an LJ forum about it, and the linked sketches. It looks SO cool! Re the chair, I have loads of dimensions—i scaled it down for a little kiddy.

mmh—how do you know i don’t have fancy tools?! ;-) Did the floor shots give it away? Dave’s been helping me plan my bench so i’m taking the first steps towards a real workspace…

Chase—i also love looking at overly anal ppl’s blogs who take so many process shots you could make a flip book. So i try to do something similar—it’s also nice to look back on it for one’s self, i find.

Dave—i was considering not posting till i obtained the happy customer. Let’s be honest—it’s really for his mother. You should definitely make one for Ian! They’re supposed to be comfy but i think they make you recline a bit—not a position kids are so eager to take. Check out this site for more Rietveld designs. There’s a series called i think ‘Military’—looks like a cute little playroom set you could make for him…

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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mafe

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#8 posted 05-16-2010 12:33 AM

It’s so cool, nice going, you made a wonderful job.
I would love to make one full scale, and in some nice wood without colors one day, perhaps Oak.
It was one of my eye opener chairs, when I was at the architects school.
Thank you.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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hObOmOnk

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#9 posted 05-16-2010 02:04 AM

Nice chair.

I’ve always been a big fan of Rietveld’s Crate Chair design.

-- 温故知新

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