Conoid Chair

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Project by tedpower posted 1274 days ago 5173 views 18 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 1274 days ago

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

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#2 posted 1274 days ago

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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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 1274 days ago

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 1274 days ago

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 1274 days ago


-- PaulMayer,

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Canadian Woodworks

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#6 posted 1274 days ago

neat design, your craftsman ship looks great.

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

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#7 posted 1274 days ago

It’s really cool. Great work!

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#8 posted 1274 days ago

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


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 1274 days ago

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 1274 days ago

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 1274 days ago

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

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#12 posted 1274 days ago

Very Cool!

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

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#13 posted 1274 days ago

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 1274 days ago

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 1273 days ago

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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