Rietveld Chair - Outdoor version

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Project by Beeguy posted 08-01-2011 09:56 PM 3514 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We came across a picture of the Wave Hill Chair used at the Wave Hill Gardens in the Bronx. I liked it and had some cedar I wanted to use so I thought I would give it a try. An Internet search reveiled it was based on the Rietveld (Red and Blue) Chair from the 1920’s. A little more searching gave a version I followed but made a few modifications mostly based on the wood I had. It is finished simply with deck stain as the chair will spend its life outdoors. Screws and glue are what holds it all together. I am a little concerned with screws in soft wood but since we are always too busy to actually sit in a chair, it probably won’t see a lot of use. I made a few jigs for assembly so if I make anymore it should go a little faster.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 03:04 AM

this is awesome!

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#2 posted 08-02-2011 04:17 AM

Looks great. I’ve been wanting to make one of these for years. You did a good job.

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 03:02 PM

I have always liked the look of that chair. This one looks great in cedar.

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