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Project by LeTurbo posted 09-19-2018 09:48 AM 1123 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s more a homage than a portrait! Lots of 80s angularity, like The Talking Heads’ huge suits and Dynasty shoulder pads. Maybe even a slight nod to the shortest-lived design direction ever, Memphis style.

I had a hickory top left over from a previous side-table project, as well as some wenge from a desk alteration. I realised I could bet a lot more from the wenge if I cut it into wedges. So that’s how the legs and back support came about. I guess it’s a case of “necessity is the mother of invention”.

It’s mostly standard mortise-and-tenon. The only interesting bit (maybe) from a joinery perspective is the small sliding dovetail on the second-last pic. RougIt’s for the backrest (last picture) so there wouldn’t be screws or other ugly hardware – and I wasn’t prepared to trust dowels.

Thanks for looking! And have a great day in your workshop!

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#1 posted 09-19-2018 10:20 AM

Very nice work, specialy wenge and hickory two very hard wood, difficult to work with. thanks for showing.

-- andrek

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#2 posted 09-19-2018 11:21 AM

I really like the look of the chair. There are so many interesting things going on in the design and they all work together quite well. It looks like it would be quite comfortable as well.

That is one sharp looking chair!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 09-19-2018 11:53 AM


-- Let's do the best we can !

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#4 posted 09-19-2018 12:55 PM

It’s a very nice piece and you’ve don a beautiful job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-19-2018 01:03 PM

Looks interesting. I like the double sliding dovetail for the back. I have entertained the idea of making a similar sliding dovetail joint but have shied away from it for no good reason. Maybe I will revisit it now.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 09-19-2018 01:35 PM

Very nice. I like your design sense.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 09-19-2018 02:44 PM

Grace Jones…!

Beautiful design. I especially love the contrasting wood colors and floating seat. As a child of the 80’s myself, much appreciated!

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#8 posted 09-19-2018 03:21 PM

Great chair. Three leg chairs are my favourite. I like the design, very cool.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 09-19-2018 03:43 PM

i dont know about comfort but its comfortable on the eyes.once again im loving your design work and craftsmanship.nice choice of woods also.grreat job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#10 posted 09-19-2018 05:29 PM

WOW!....What an incredible design! So not usual. I like contrast and idea of three legs.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-20-2018 01:42 PM

Great piece, love the color combo, it really makes it pop

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 09-21-2018 06:12 AM

Thanks everyone for your kind comments! I guess sometimes, when I come to the end of a project, I sometimes feel a little disheartened. There’s many things I’d do differently, like the orientation of grain on the seat, for example. But it’s great to know that others like the design and the joinery. You all make it worthwhile!

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