Conoid Chair

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Project by tedpower posted 10-23-2010 02:24 PM 9372 views 19 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my final project for school. Finding the dimensions for this chair was tough, i ended up finding rough overall dimensions and worked from there .I made a cardboard prototype for the whole thing and then poplar ones for pieces to see how it would work, and also to get angles and dimensions to where they looked good. I learned a ton from this build. Id never done bridle joints before or carved a seat or had to make a jig to drill all the spindle holes to match each others angle.
The seat i carved with a gouge and a mallet to get the rough shape, then used a grinder with 40 grit paper to smooth out the roughness, then sanded and scraped to final shape.
Walnut and maple with danish oil and wax for a finish.

EDIT* i forgot to mention this is a George Nakashima design notmy own in case anyone didn`t know this chair.i wanted todo a chair for my final because it was something different for me and i loved the challenge this presented.

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 02:46 PM

Ted, That is beautiful work! Looks like your education is paying off in spades! Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 10-23-2010 02:57 PM

Very interesting chair design. I like the contrasting wood. A1Jim’s buddy has a good video to show how to carve the seats with powertools (router). I watched it the otherday, but can’t remember where the link is. Bet Jim will know.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 10-23-2010 02:57 PM

Real Nice


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 10-23-2010 03:02 PM

Great design and very well carried out. The mix of woods, the joinery-nice.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 10-23-2010 03:21 PM


-- PaulMayer,

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 03:34 PM

neat design, your craftsman ship looks great.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#7 posted 10-23-2010 04:12 PM

It’s really cool. Great work!

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#8 posted 10-23-2010 04:45 PM

That is just beatuiful. Good job. I really like it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 10-23-2010 05:18 PM

looks great, just like everyone else said…my question…what school are you going to and where is it located?

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#10 posted 10-23-2010 05:57 PM

That is a stunning chair. I’d bet most woodworkers would only sit in it for a few seconds before getting back up to admire it.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#11 posted 10-23-2010 07:42 PM

@smoke – i went to humber college in toronto, just graduated in august.

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#12 posted 10-23-2010 09:06 PM

Very Cool!

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#13 posted 10-23-2010 10:11 PM

Good work! I am a big fan of Nakashima. Excellent role model to have.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#14 posted 10-23-2010 10:12 PM

The sitting judgment is he real test. Is the picture before or after someone sat in it? Very nice project.

-- Norman

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#15 posted 10-24-2010 04:49 AM

Very nice job, it looks great!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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