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CM02WS6

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06-17-2015 01:50 PM

Looking for some feedback on an outdoor chair design. I’ve looked at some other designs and got some ideas, but this design is pretty much all my own. Besides satisfying my own (wife’s) tastes, I wanted to come up with something that was doable with my skill set while being comfortable, strong, and not too heavy. Skill-wise, I wanted to avoid full-on mortise and tenon joinery, because I’ve never done any. Therefore, the seat base and bottom stretchers use grooves and screws. However, I will use M&T on the seat back, which I’ve shown in one of the pictures.

The wood will be White Oak, which comes out to about 27 lbs. The dimensions aren’t quite finalized, but the design is ready for feedback. I’m especially looking for feedback on the aspects of comfort and strength.

Also, my router is a Dewalt 611 plunge router (1.25 HP, 1/4” collet). Do you think that could handle the mortises on this project, or would I need to get a higher HP, 1/2” collet router?

Thanks!!

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#1 posted 06-17-2015 02:05 PM

I like your design.

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#2 posted 06-17-2015 02:33 PM

I think you need to include at least one stretcher going east west. You could tie it into the leg stretchers. My concern is racking with only the seat providing east west resistance.

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#3 posted 06-17-2015 02:36 PM

I used the dimensions from the pic on the upper left, first row to make one this spring, very comfortable.
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I used white oak, no fancy jointery just out door coated screws.

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CM02WS6

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#4 posted 06-17-2015 02:51 PM



I think you need to include at least one stretcher going east west. You could tie it into the leg stretchers. My concern is racking with only the seat providing east west resistance.

- jumbojack

Thanks, I appreciate the input. I also thought about a side to side stretcher. The back would have more support in that dimension due to the seat base and seat back acting on the rear legs; however, the front only has the seat base to stabilize it side to side. I think I will add one to the middle as shown in this picture:

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#5 posted 06-25-2015 03:31 AM

That is exactly what I was thinking.

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#6 posted 06-25-2015 12:38 PM

The 611 should not have a problem doing this, have a good sharp bit and use multiple passes but I just added one to my shop and was blown away by the performance. I had a boatload of shelves to notch for standards and clamped 6 to 7 pieces of 3/4” birch ply together and cut them 1” deep by 1.25” wide in two passses. But of course there is also always the logic that when there’s a good excuse to “require” a new tool, then go for it!. Many of the stile rails would be easier to cut in a table set up, maybe you need to look at a 3hp router and a table to put it in????

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#7 posted 06-29-2015 06:57 AM

I think chairs are more comfortable if there is a tilt to the seat as well as the backrest. In fact, 90 deg. angle of backrest to seat is close to right. You might do some mockups to see if there is a seat/backrest angle that is a bit more comfortable than the one you show.

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#8 posted 06-29-2015 11:51 AM

Very good design. The side to side stretcher makes it perfect. Looks comfy to me…

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CM02WS6

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#9 posted 06-29-2015 12:13 PM

Thanks for all the input! Here is the final design. The dimensions are tweaked a little based on other chairs I have that are comfortable. The main design changes are that the seat back surface is flat (vertical members are the same thickness as the horizontal members so there is no edge to catch your back on) and the seat base is angled (and curved still).

Now I just need some shop time to get working!

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