|Project by Woodbridge||posted 08-27-2013 11:03 PM||2706 views||6 times favorited||20 comments|
A while back I went to the local hardwood supplier to pick up some Ash for my Ash & Walnut Three Leg Chair. They had a real nice piece of Lacewood strategically propped up against the check-out counter. This was the first time I had seen Lacewood. Their plan worked. I went home with the Lacewood with the intention of building another Rohlfs Desk Chair. The good news is the chair does not take a lot of wood to make (only 5.25 BF) . Assuming you do not make any mistakes (I did), you can cut all the parts from a 7” x 9’ long board (with a little glue up required to make up some parts). You can easily make the chair from an 8” x 10’ long board (no glue-up required).
This is my third version of Rohlfs’ iconic chair, which was featured on an episode of Antiques Roadshow. I keep tweaking the chair a bit. My first desk chair was made of re-used Ash hardwood flooring, had a straight back and 7/8” thick wood. Following a visit to the Met Museum in NY to see the original chair I attempted a second version. The second desk chair was made from reused Mahogany baseboard, had a back sloped at 5 degrees and 5/8” thick wood. The five degree angle looked a little severe.
For this chair I reduced the slope of the back to 3 degrees and thicknessed the wood to 11/16”. Like the original the chair still has a very nimble look to it. The X-brace structure does however do a great job of stiffening up the whole chair.
I gave the first two chairs away. I’m going to keep this one for myself, at least for now. I’ve also recently completed a second version of Rohlfs Oak Rocking chair, and I will post that at a later date.
My next chair, which is partially underway will be another snake themed chair: “Eve’s Temptation”.
-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario