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Project by Jason posted 08-06-2008 07:47 AM 1475 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the leg rest posted by Lumberjock Zipsss. It’s quite comfortable. I made a couple of prototypes out of 1/2” baltic birch. This gives the piece a little “flex”, which I enjoy, but could be bad as it encourages me to sort of “rock” back and forth with it. The first proto failed where the half-moon supports meet the horizontal piece, so I dovetailed them in on the second. The first prototype may be salvageable; I’m putting in a few screws and dowels. Painted with milk paint – red over black over green, with Watco Danish oil finish (in progress). I sort of wish I had gone black over red, though.

-- Jason





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Colin

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#1 posted 08-06-2008 09:42 AM

very nice, I like to see models develop. Thanks for posting.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 08-06-2008 10:57 AM

Hi Jason;

Nice construction details.

And the end result looks like it was worth the testing time.

Good job.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Callum Kendall

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#3 posted 08-06-2008 01:56 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#4 posted 08-06-2008 02:11 PM

Thanks for the post, Jason. I tip my hat to Zipsss also. Love the dovetails.

I am going to mark this in my favorites stack. You all have challenged me to make one and I am going to try to make one that is folding and lightweight. We may have the “latest” craze here!!!

I’ll give you all head start on the engineering. I have got several irons in the fire so I won’t be able to devote time to it until I am guessing Christmas of ‘09.

Keep us posted, Jason and Zipsss.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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Bradford

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#5 posted 08-06-2008 02:24 PM

How does it work? (for those of us who missed Zipsss version)

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Dominic Vanacora

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#6 posted 08-07-2008 04:47 AM

It really doesn’t look like it would be comforable. I looked a Zippsss using his and he looks like he’s enjoying it. However my wife is a little tuffy, you know the type so maybe a gift for the coming Christmas. Not a bad idea.
Thanks for sharing you ideas.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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Jason

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#7 posted 08-07-2008 05:46 AM

Colin – while I am developing, I don’t know what gave you the idea I’m a model! I’ll take it as an all too rare compliment on my looks.
Bradford – it’s sort of difficult to describe its use; click on the Zipsss link in the description to see one being used.
Dominic – I think the comfort comes from the fact that your knees don’t get the hyper-extending pressure that they do when you make a bridge with your legs between the chair and ottoman. It is a little awkward to get all set up, but once you’re in place, it sort of makes your legs feel weightless.
Thanks for the feedback everyone!

-- Jason

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Zipsss

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#8 posted 08-14-2008 12:25 AM

It looks great, and what a conversation piece. I think is comfortable in a Victorian way.

-- Zipsss

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