LumberJocks

Prototype, critiques requested

  • Advertise with us
Project by Monte Pittman posted 04-06-2014 12:22 AM 1907 views 1 time favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have several clients that are requesting bar stools (with backs). This is just a trial run and not for sale. I want suggestions and commentary. Made of Beetle Kill Pine. The seat is 30” off the floor, the back is 42” high, the seat is 16” wide. This is the first attempt ever at a chair.

The things I already want to change;

1. Seat needs to be wider
2. Front foot rest is too low, MY feet don’t reach
3. I want the back legs under the seat more.
4. Lean the back rest back slightly more (currently at 5 degree slope. )

other suggestions?

Thanks for reading

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.





42 comments so far

View Iwud4u's profile

Iwud4u

411 posts in 218 days


#1 posted 04-06-2014 12:39 AM

FINALLY, I get to give some Constructive Criticism, although there is much to give that I can see. lol

Maybe just grind out some of the back like you did the seat to make them go together a little more. Back looks kind of flat (hard) like it is. taking a little off of it,like the seat, might soften up the look a little.

Looks good Monte

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

View Greg..the Cajun  Box Sculptor's profile

Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

5180 posts in 1997 days


#2 posted 04-06-2014 12:41 AM

Monte…that looks really nice…!
One thing that I always find comfortable in a solid wood chair is when the back also has a curve to fit the curve of my back. I see that you have cut into the seat with a contour. Other than that you did a fine looking chair. Building a chair is like anything we build in that it gets tweaked with each thing we learn from the previous one.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

View KnotCurser's profile

KnotCurser

1843 posts in 1757 days


#3 posted 04-06-2014 12:53 AM

Monte,

I’m with the peanut gallery – some definition in the chair back would make it look more inviting.

Also, possibly, a slight round-over on the cross rails.

It does look really good, though!

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

View jaykaypur's profile

jaykaypur

3395 posts in 1097 days


#4 posted 04-06-2014 12:57 AM

Looks good for a prototype and I believe it will be just what the customers ordered when you do a final on it. Nice wood too !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

View Hammerthumb's profile

Hammerthumb

1399 posts in 664 days


#5 posted 04-06-2014 01:02 AM

I think you’re right Monte. The seat needs to be wider and sit back further.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile

TopamaxSurvivor

14872 posts in 2365 days


#6 posted 04-06-2014 01:03 AM

The front legs may need to move forward or splay a bit so it isn’t prone to tipping.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View johnhutchinson's profile

johnhutchinson

706 posts in 318 days


#7 posted 04-06-2014 01:26 AM

Great looking stool, Monte. Is that Jupiter wood?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

View firefighterontheside's profile

firefighterontheside

4887 posts in 545 days


#8 posted 04-06-2014 01:27 AM

You said the front rest is too low, maybe you should reverse the front and sides. Have the side ones higher and the front and back ones low. The front of the seat seems to hang over the front a little too much. Maybe make the whole base a little bigger. Mind you, I have never made a chair. I’m like you, I have never made a chair, but have had people ask me to. I want to though. I really like the look. I envy you and that beetle kill pine. Oh yeah, nice looking dogs there Monte.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

View josh's profile

josh

901 posts in 1258 days


#9 posted 04-06-2014 01:49 AM

Looks like beetle kill to me. I’d make the seat back a little higher. It looks great, though!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

View DanielP's profile

DanielP

201 posts in 581 days


#10 posted 04-06-2014 01:56 AM

Monte, that is beautiful wood and shaping you’ve done.

-- Dan P.

View hoss12992's profile

hoss12992

2831 posts in 582 days


#11 posted 04-06-2014 02:07 AM

Love the chair buddy. You said that you want a bit more slant on the back and move the back legs forward a bit. Not sure that would be as stable as you have now. Maybe just slant the back a bit more and contour it for comfort. I have been on a bit of a stain kick as of late, and would love to see on with a light coat of Special Walnut, and one in Red Chesnut. I wonder what they would look like on beetle kill pine. Love the way you finish your beetle kill projects. Absolutely beautiful. Great job buddy. Im sure whatever you do to the chairs will be great.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

View robert triplett's profile

robert triplett

1481 posts in 1794 days


#12 posted 04-06-2014 02:31 AM

Lots of good suggestions. I would think that the back could be a little higher. That’s all I’ve got! Looks good. Lots of Beetle Kill Pine around here. Lots of blue stain in it. You have done some good work with it. a lot better than the local guys.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

View grizzman's profile

grizzman

7099 posts in 1992 days


#13 posted 04-06-2014 02:54 AM

your getting a really good start, sounds like your figuring out the things you want to change, wish i could offer you suggestions, but im not a chair man…i have faith you will figure it out….i like the wood

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View JSB's profile

JSB

697 posts in 767 days


#14 posted 04-06-2014 03:09 AM

Looks good Monte. To me the seat looks a little cantilevered in the front. I’m not sure if the seat should be pushed back or just reduced in front to back length. Maybe increase the front to back length of the base?

Wish I had a supply of that beetle kill pine. Love that color.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

View DIYaholic's profile

DIYaholic

13769 posts in 1364 days


#15 posted 04-06-2014 03:20 AM

I think it needs an arm with a beverage holder!!! ;^) Just kidding!!!

I can’t disagree with other comments. As others have said, I would soften the back with contour for comfort. I would also consider lightening up the back with a cutout/handhold, to make it look lighter and perhaps more inviting. Can’t tell from the pictures, but yeah, you want to watch the stability. Especially should someone wish to lean back on the two back legs. Overall, it is a nice looking chair, just a bit bulky for my taste. A slight taper on the legs may help make it “lighter”.

I am looking forward to seeing the “final” rendition!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

showing 1 through 15 of 42 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase