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10-08-2016 11:34 PM

Making chairs that set to a dining table. There are a classic set of dimensions layed down by Chippendale. They are seat height 171/4”; Back set angle (rake) 3degrees, seat cant rise angle (back to front seat angle) 3degrees.
Are these still used? I hear a lot of 5degree rakes and larger cants. These larger angels are for dining chairs, or no?


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#1 posted 10-09-2016 01:30 AM

I have been using these wire frames for years as a guide. They go against the norm but are very comfortable for dinners and/or/ especially string musicians. I would suggest you bodgie up a rough sample to see if it suits you.

The bench back to seat angle is 20 deg. Too much for dinning or playing music but very nice for just taking a load off.

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#2 posted 10-11-2016 02:12 PM

I believe the more formal chairs are at the straighter angle. More casual chairs for dining, games, etc. use the more laid back angle. I’ve always used 19” for seat height.

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#3 posted 10-11-2016 02:30 PM

I use 19” for normal seat height. Customer can always choose different. I also usually start with a 9° lean on the back. From there the customer chooses more or less.

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