a chair called jim

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Project by Geoffrey Young posted 03-01-2012 02:10 AM 2587 views 22 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The chair design is part Japanese and part kiwi, the chair is called Jim because at our local badminton club there’s this South Korean guy with some ridiculously long and hard to pronounce name so we just call him Jim.

Had some left over NZ macrocarpa from a TV cabinet i was commissioned to make, i have been wanting to make a chair for ages, i had no work last week so i made this.
The form and the ergonomics were inspired by the 2011 IFDA gold leaf award winning Half chair designed by Woojin Chung of Korea.

The size of the left over material i had influenced the design, the whole black structure of the chair is made from 5×1, the seat i glued two 6×2 together and along with the back rest i shaped with an angle grinder.
Hand Sanded with 100 grit and then 150 grit paper, two coats Danish oil on seat and back, Structure stained with Mirotone black and spray coated with a satin polyurethane topcoat.

I used this colour combination to differentiate between the forms. A couple of mouths ago i had seen a picture in a book of a chair made by Brian Boggs it was a traditional shaker style chair with a woven seat and back in black and golden brown, i just had a look on Brian Boggs website just before posting this and found he had made a chair very similar to my chair, i had never seen that before i made mine, oh bugger. well at least that means i have got the right idea if someone who has been making chairs for years has similar ideas. Most all chars are made the same way it just the details that make em a


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#1 posted 03-01-2012 02:56 AM

Really like the visual feel and contrast. Did you stain or paint the frame? Haven’t seen Mr. Boggs pieces, but sounds like you are in good company? i always ask, Can i sit in it comfortably and how do i feel when i’m sitting on or in something.

I’m wondering what this piece might be like if the feel of the movement of the grain we more visible? Just a thought.

By the way you were in some great company in the design competition. I ended up on facebook supporting you .LOL

Keep it coming, let it flow! Andy will be proud!

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 02:57 AM

Oh yeah, Nice lines!

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 02:58 AM

Nice chair and I thought it was named for me??.....................Jim

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

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#4 posted 03-01-2012 03:32 AM

That is an awesome chair! Really love the shape and the contrasting woods! Great job!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 04:17 AM

Very nice lines and a clean build. Jim it was named for me not for you HE HE oh well I guess we are not Japanese?

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 04:46 AM

Beautiful chair, I love the clean lines and the form and shape is fantastic. One question, why didn’t you cover the screws in the back?

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#7 posted 03-01-2012 05:39 AM

Love the style, nice job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 03-01-2012 05:39 AM

Nice Geoff. Great to see a Grad’ student actually making stuff. Excellent!!!

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#9 posted 03-01-2012 08:27 AM

Beautiful chair! Love the wood grain seat and back. it stands out against the black frame.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#10 posted 03-01-2012 04:49 PM

great chair. Excellent design, veryt clean and crisp. The contractsing colours add to the impact. Thanks for sharing this chair, another great idea to file away for a future chair project..

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 03-01-2012 05:03 PM


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#12 posted 03-01-2012 06:38 PM

great lines!

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#13 posted 03-02-2012 12:22 AM

I love the simple design! The beautiful contrast is perfect. I love this piece! :)

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#14 posted 03-02-2012 02:41 PM

My wife and I have argued for two years about chairs I might make for our kitchen table. I showed her your design and she immediately agreed they were perfect.

Now the trouble begins. I’ve got to learn how to make these! Might take another two years!

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#15 posted 03-09-2012 03:33 AM

The thickness of the seat and back is startling. It lends a feeling of absolute solidity to the piece and a bit of awe too. So massive yet refined enough to seem just right. Lovely work.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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