Gothic Arch Knockdown Chair Prototype

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Project by luv2learn posted 761 days ago 1944 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son and his family are really big into Renaissance Fairs and participate every year as re-enactors. Recently my daughter in law asked me if I could build a Gothic Arch Knockdown Chair that she saw on the internet So I set about making hardboard patterns for the various parts and then made this particle board prototype to work out any kinks in the design.

The through tenons you see sticking though the sides are supposed to have slots in them to accommodate wedges which hold the chair together thus the “knockdown” feature of the chair. The idea for this chair is to be able to transport it flat and then put it together on site.

I have a few more modifications to make and then I think I will build one out of 1” thick pine. I used two 1/2” thick pieces of particle board glued together for the prototype pieces. Enjoy!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 761 days ago

Now that is different and very well done.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#2 posted 761 days ago

Hail to the mid-evil king n queen…............

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 761 days ago

Thanks guys, I haven’t forayed too far into furniture building thus far and wouldn’t you know it I picked the wrong century :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 761 days ago

Joinery hasnt changed much since those have been in style. It looks like youre well on your way to making some very nice furniture.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 761 days ago

Awesome. Pretty nice looking for a knockdown chair. Great idea.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#6 posted 761 days ago

Nice chair looks like a fun project!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#7 posted 760 days ago

Great chair & very clever

Your DIL has style :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 760 days ago

Great prototype. Its a nice looking gothic chair. I look forward to seeing the final version.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 760 days ago

I can picture myself calling for grog in just such a chair.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#10 posted 758 days ago

My only comment, from personal experience with a similar design, is that the bar running up the center of the back can be very uncomfortable.

Also, for added stability and also for the look, have you considered a cross-pipece below the front edge of the seat that mirrors the one in the back?

-- "Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do." -Mark Twain

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#11 posted 754 days ago

Pretty cool! did you use your copy carver/duplicator to make this?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 748 days ago

They look nice! Well done Luv2learn. I would need a little padding though! LOL!!!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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