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nsherve

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08-19-2017 07:05 PM

I have already built the table and one bench seat, I’ll build the next bench when I get home from work. I also plan to do the end chairs while home. This is the first time I’ve done any of this, so bear with me please….I may forget the questions I have. I’m doing them all with m&t and pegs, no metal parts at all. I’ll post pics of the table and bench.

Now, a q about and end chair. How tall should the back be over the top of the table? I’m going to steam bend the arch of the chair back, so I need to find out long that piece should be. The table and benches are made of pecan, and I’m going to cut down a hickory tree for the chair legs.

Also, have any of you had to take bark off of a tree during the winter time without damaging the wood? That’s the time I’ll be home. It’s easy to take off in the spring/summer…

Have I put this in the right forum? Thanks


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#1 posted 08-19-2017 07:18 PM

I’ve built some formal dining chairs. The
backs were about 40” high and the seat
about 17” from the floor. Some dining chairs
are shorter and some are taller. There’s
no single standard but if you want to be
able to lean your upper back against the
back rail, 40” tall is about right for average
sized people.

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#2 posted 08-19-2017 11:05 PM

You can look through some of this stuff or ideas.

https://www.google.com/search?q=dining+chair+standard+dimensions&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

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#3 posted 08-20-2017 01:16 AM

What angle should I make the back of the chairs?

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#4 posted 08-20-2017 01:25 AM

If memory serves, around 5 degrees is common,
but I really recommend you read a book like
Jeff Miller’s book on chair making and approach
your design process by making mock-ups you
can sit on to try them out.

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#5 posted 08-20-2017 01:37 AM

Thanks

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#6 posted 08-20-2017 02:17 AM



If memory serves, around 5 degrees is common,
but I really recommend you read a book like
Jeff Miller s book on chair making and approach
your design process by making mock-ups you
can sit on to try them out.

- Loren

+1 on Jeff’s book on chair making, very good primer on chair design and construction techniques.

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