Repairing a Swiss chair...and building a new one

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Blog entry by slackeng posted 05-27-2012 01:44 PM 949 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a patient buddy who is teaching me how to repair and build a Swiss chair. So far we have repaired the original. We are using poplar for the new chair; we have cut out the back, and built the seat. The next challenge is to figure out the multiple angles for the legs and cut the holes in the seat. Advice welcome!

-- Dan in Wayne, Pa

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 05:07 PM

Looks like a stout little chair but, imho, it appears that the grain orientation caused the seat to fail.

A very unique design. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 06-20-2012 08:01 PM

If it is not too late here are useful links :

in general click on the right column at “chair design”

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#3 posted 06-23-2012 12:43 AM

Sylvain—thank you for the links. I had to pause on this project, so the information is not too late—have not started the legs yet. I appreciate your help.

All the best—Dan

-- Dan in Wayne, Pa

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#4 posted 06-01-2013 02:58 PM

It took us a while but we are nearing the end of our chair project. Some detail work, sanding, and staining left to do.

-- Dan in Wayne, Pa

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