Three Leg Chair

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Project by Woodbridge posted 920 days ago 1637 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair was a bit of an experiment and an opportunity to practice bent laminations and making a carved seat. It is made from re-used mahogany baseboard, door casing and door jams. The baseboard and casing were planed down to about 1/4 inch or so and used for the bent laminations. While building it , I was concerned that it would not support a large person. It has been been tested by a person weighing 260 lbs with no problem. I added the gussets along the back diagonal leg (at the top and bottom) to stiffen the chair.

I am not happy with the design of the back, but was eager to get thie project finished. I am still searching for a more creative solution to repalce the very pointy Church window looking back..

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 920 days ago

Nice experiment! Even though you don’t like the pointy back, I’m sure you learnt a lot from it and that it is good to have something to work from as you make your next ones.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#2 posted 920 days ago

Nice, IMO, the legs and seat are excellent and agree the back might flow with the rest with a simple arch or a more complex “heart”top. Heck of an experiment. Keep working and posting as a inspiration to the rest of us.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 920 days ago

Give it up mad scientist you are making the rest of look bad, go make a box or a cutting board please. This chair is even coole rthan the rocker in my opinion.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#4 posted 920 days ago

Very creative

-- Billp

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#5 posted 919 days ago

Welcome to lumberjocks. This chair and your rocker are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 919 days ago

This is a great piece and great experiment. I agree … design wise … that the back is a little severe when paired with the seat, but the profile and the leg support is just gorgeous. It makes me happy to hear recycled materials. Thanks ~ e

-- the sacrifice of one's ego is the greatest gift to someone you respect

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#7 posted 919 days ago

Amazing! I personally like the pointed top on the back but I may be wierd. Both of these chairs are way beyond my skill level but I would love to learn how to do these. Any instructional materials out there?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 919 days ago

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the comments and positive feedback and encouragement. I’ll play around withthe heart top idea for the back. I have always wanted to try and carve a ball and claw foot so maybe the two would go together? I like recycled wood too, mostly because its free. But it is quite satifsting to put wood destined for the fire place or trash to good use.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 893 days ago

For an elitist monk. J’adore!

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#10 posted 390 days ago

fantastic chair. I can’t say the pointy back bothers me any, and I think a heart would be a bit much. Maybe just soften the point a bit so it flows a bit more like the legs and stretcher do.

-- Ted

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