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Project by SASmith posted 08-22-2011 11:20 PM 3702 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This “z” chair is constructed of sassafras with catalpa splines.
I first saw this type of chair on one of Rowdys posts: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/33945
Daren has made a similar “C” chair: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/34036
The strength is provided by tapered dovetail splines: http://www.dovetailspline.com/

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois





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degoose

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#1 posted 08-22-2011 11:50 PM

Very cool… I have the dovetail spline system.. it works great…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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SASmith

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#2 posted 08-22-2011 11:58 PM

Thanks Larry. The kehoe jig is great. I have the newer model made of aluminum.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Sodabowski

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#3 posted 08-23-2011 12:17 AM

If mom sees this, she might change her mind about that pesky catalpa we have in the backyard ;)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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bigike

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#4 posted 08-23-2011 12:38 AM

very nice looking chair, I helped make this one
http://acrylicdecor.com/Catalog/SearchResults.asp?SearchFlag=1&CategoryId=7

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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SASmith

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#5 posted 08-23-2011 01:01 AM

Wow bigike that 1” thick acrylic must be very expensive.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-23-2011 03:32 AM

Nice chair. I like the dovetail splines. That must add a lot of strength in the critical area!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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mafe

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#7 posted 08-23-2011 11:33 AM

Really nice.
Looks impossible and this makes it even more interesting.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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rowdy

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#8 posted 08-23-2011 04:05 PM

Very nice, very nice. If I ever build another one I will use solid wood like you did instead of plywood. I found this project to be a pain in terms of the time I put into it, so I may not make another one. Anyhow, I am glad to see that there is another one out there. The dovetail splines really work well. Congrats on a good job.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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BritBoxmaker

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#9 posted 08-23-2011 09:25 PM

Spot on. An excellent example of the Gerrit Reitveld ‘Z’ chair. Well done.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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SASmith

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#10 posted 08-23-2011 11:53 PM

Rowdy: It is deceivingly simple. I’m sure anyone who has built one knows this. I can imagine the plywood version would be even more difficult.

Sodabowski: Catalpa is a great wood if you ask me. Rot resistant, light weight, and easily worked. Last time I used it I even found some with curl. Top box in pic 1 http://lumberjocks.com/projects/51804

Jim Jakosh: The key is the 1 degree taper in the splines.

Mads: Thanks for stopping by.

BritBoxmaker: Thanks for the info on the original.

Here is what MoMA has to say about the original. http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4922&page_number=13&template_id=1&sort_order=1

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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