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Aeron Chair- Organic Oak

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Project by rockindavan posted 03-09-2011 04:13 AM 3408 views 10 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair was made in response to a Herman Miller exhibition for a woodworking class at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The chair is part of an exhibit at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. The intent was to make a rustic version of the iconic Aeron chair. The wood used was hand hewed barn beams salvaged from when my dad took down our dilapidated barn. The seat and back are hand canned to replicate the mesh used in the original chair. To keep with the rustic look, all the parts were shaped to look draw shaved. The chair was finished with teak oil.

The bridal joint was the main type of joint used. This was done so the parts could be shaped without compromising the strength of the joints. The main hub (the big block in the middle) was notched to provide a strong seat for the main support which is also pegged. The smaller support is connected to the seat with pins connected to wedged through tenon blocks. The seat swivels by a turned post that is connected to the base with a pin that is inserted by a hole in the back of the hub. The legs are attached to the center pentagon with sliding dovetails. The wheels swivel by small turned rods. The wheels are made with four laminated pieces of wood rotated 45 degrees to provide end grain at all locations. 130 different pieces of wood were used to build the chair.





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#1 posted 03-09-2011 04:37 AM

Very interesting chair… creative, robust and atractive.

Good work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 05:25 AM

I used to make the Aeron chair. Nicely done

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 05:44 AM

That is an impressive chair. Any idea on the wood species – maybe chestnut? I don’t usually go for rustic furniture but this piece really speaks to me, well done.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 05:54 AM

Its white oak

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 06:03 AM

Very clever spin on a design, and very cool results. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 06:03 AM

Very impressive!This kind of techno-design built in wood, especially with a decidedly rustic look, seems… I dunno… quite weird, but very interesting, I’d say. :) Fresh thinking and creativity at its best, in my opinion. I would definitely love to sit in a chair like that!

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 07:32 AM

wow…. amazing work.

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 09:02 AM

very impresive design and look

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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#9 posted 03-09-2011 11:55 AM

What a great chair. The pic probaly don’t do it justice. I stared at this for a good amount of time. Sounds like you don’t sleep much like me. How comfy is this? I would had never guessed this was Oak. One to be proud of.

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#10 posted 03-09-2011 12:30 PM

it is BEAUTIFUL and add to that the history of the wood—a treasure.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#11 posted 03-09-2011 03:33 PM

WOW Good idee and great work.

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#12 posted 03-09-2011 04:34 PM

That ROCKS!!! Great work.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#13 posted 03-09-2011 08:35 PM

That is wild.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 03-09-2011 10:33 PM

Extraordinary result. Great looking too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 03-10-2011 04:48 AM

Dave:
How long will it be on display at the LYWoodson Art Museum in Wausau? I might be able to see it in real life!

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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