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dakremer

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07-18-2010 05:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: skill question wood chair

So i’m guessing (if anyone actually takes interest in this) this might stir up a LOT of different ideas as to how this might be done. Unfortunately none of these ideas will come from me!! haha…Where would someone even begin to build the WOOD aspect of this? Once I graduate Palmer and have time to hone in on my woodworking skills – this is the type of thing I’d love to build. So until this time comes…i’d love to LEARN how one might do this. This picture might be a laminated project or something like that – something molded (like plastic) with a wood veneer on it…but what if you wanted to make this shape/chair out of hardwood…is it possible? would it be strong enough? how would you do it???........

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lew

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 05:39 AM

Better yet, how would you get up, out of it, once you sit down?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 06:00 AM

no one dare give it a shot????......

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 06:16 AM

How about you sculpt a form out of laminated styrofoam (make it a negative form) then use bending plywood (wiggle wood) around the mold, laminate it with veneer of your choice, trim to final shape, upholster and post pictures when done. Seriously, the hard part would be the mold, but styrofoam is easy to shape, and because the wiggle wood is easy to bend, should be no problem. Just call out the inner sculpter.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#4 posted 07-18-2010 06:45 AM

I’d carve/sculpt it out of a log.

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dakremer

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 07:09 AM

that would have to be a pretty big log…..what if you wanted those lines…those individual pieces of wood….then what??? haha – this is not a quiz…thats a question :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 07-18-2010 07:15 AM

I can’t tell of those are raised or carved in – it’d be a huge project either way to carve it.

I’d guess that this was probably just bent wood.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/Materials/MaterialsArticle.aspx?id=29137

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 07:24 AM

bent laminations with a bunch of jigs to cut miters on the table saw and then glued together. That’s how I would approach it….

-- Childress Woodworks

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#8 posted 07-18-2010 11:41 AM

WHY?

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#9 posted 07-18-2010 11:48 AM

Sorry about that but I think a chair like this is just an artistic excercise, the old form over function argument & I would say although intriguing & possibly an adornment, it would have practical strength & comfort issues long term. So the answer to my previous response would be because we could & although I could I Wouldn’t
Best
Trevor
By the way it would have to be built up laminations with the inside formed out of bendy ply as Fussy said the only problem wit bendy ply is when you buy it you choose which direction is bendy, across the grain or with it, one direction is only slightly softer than normal ply the other is quite floppy so it would have to be cut into narrow strips & built up like a “Carvel” planked boat. If you have seen that 50’s & 60’s Scandinavian plywood formed furniture that was done with a mould pressing the individual veneer leaves of the ply into that shape whilst gluing
Cheers

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 07-18-2010 12:29 PM

Arbortech in Perth, Australia has a website that might help. Years ago they had furniture projects. Basically you could cut many many semi circular slices of plywood in decreasing sizes and laminate them to your basic shape. Then using an Arbortech grinder do your final shaping and sanding. You could then laminate veneer on the outside and upholster the inside. Project would take lots of plywood and lots of shaping and sanding but should be structurally sound.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#11 posted 07-18-2010 01:09 PM

multiple layers of wiggle wood to make a form, a vacumn press and lots and lots of time

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 07-18-2010 01:19 PM

Looks like the original is about 10 separate bent laminations joined together.

If using solid wood, you’d make the same 10 pieces. Basically just arcs. Cut them in 12-18” lengths and stagger the joints (bricklay) for strength, so you don’t have any endgrain.

Once you’re pieces are done, just glue them together. Basically just edge glued joints.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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#13 posted 07-18-2010 02:54 PM

I would begin with getting a vacuum press and start making the forms for the laminations. As for getting the upholstery to stay in place is a whole other question to work on. Have fun, bet this challenges your skills.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#14 posted 07-18-2010 03:32 PM

Just think…. you could make and sell these for profit, then, after a month of sitting in them, the buyers would be back for you to work on their aching backs. More profit! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 07-18-2010 03:57 PM

haha – that was exactly my thought charlie!!! win win :) :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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