Charles Rohlfs Inspired Desk Chair #1

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Project by Woodbridge posted 1036 days ago 1925 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at a chair based on a Charles Rohlfs 1898 desk chair design. I have made two others since then, the most recent one “spoon chair” is posted. All three share the same basic back shape but with slightly different decorative elements. Each also has a different leg design. This chair is made from re-used 3” mahogany baseboard and 2 “door casing, which was planed down to 1/4 thickness and laminated together to make boards and used for the bent lamination.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 1035 days ago

I love this chair! You have the serious skills at cool chair building. I have really got to get some of my projects wrapped up so I can try one of these chairs. Thanks for this.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 1035 days ago

Impressive! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 1035 days ago

thanks everyone.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 1035 days ago

very nice, I’m a big Rohlfs fan, glad to see him get some exposure, and see the wonderful chair you created.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 1017 days ago

Suitable for a modern 21st century queen!

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#7 posted 847 days ago

Awesome job!! I have wanted to make one of these chairs since I saw one on antiques roadshow. Great to read that you re-used baseboard.. some of my best stock is from baseboards, porch and deck cut left overs, and dumpster dives.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#8 posted 774 days ago

Very well done.

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