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Forum topic by Randy13 posted 01-22-2014 12:28 PM 847 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2014 12:28 PM

I am thinking that the sides for the seat and back will need to be made from two separate pieces glued up and then mill out the final shape. For the bottom pieces I am thinking three pieces and same process. Hopefully you can tell from the pictures what I am thinking.
The armrests I thought would be fairly straight forward but I am actually a little unsure about how to glue up a blank that would be strong with the grain running in the correct direction.

What kind of joints do y’all think would be the strongest at what appears to require odd angles.

Hope all this makes sense.

Just a note, I haven’t completed the plan yet so there are some elements missing.

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 01:32 PM

This looks to me like it would be a good application for loose tenons, or dominoes if you have one. Alternately, large dowels used like loose tenons.

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 02:26 PM

Half lap joints would work well here. Lots of glue area and should look good.

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 02:31 PM

I’d make the arms, legs, and seat from one piece of either 5/4 or 8/4. then add on the top of the back. Dado the seat and back slats in a dado groove. Cutting the dado into curved wood is the hard part. Are you good with a router?

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 02:33 PM

You could also think about doing bent laminations, however that would be quite a large bending form. Very strong though. I think that a bridle joint would work great though, mortise and tenon as well.

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 03:24 PM

I would use bridle joints.

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 03:55 PM

I would be tempted to emulate the cut-from-wide-boards approach
rather than having your grain direction make ragged shifts on
the outsides. If you use something with consistent grain patterns,
you can build up blanks just oversized from smaller pieces of wood,
then cut the curves out.

Make a mockup by gluing up blanks out of a few 2×4s and
see if the approach makes sense to you. Splines can be
put in where they won’t show in areas where you feel you
need them.

I think it will look more classy with the grain aligned as I

That looks like a 19th century chair. They were importing these
enormous wide mahogany boards to Europe at the time and
the designers went to town with them.

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#7 posted 01-22-2014 03:56 PM

Yes I think bridle joints would be within the limits of my abilities. I should also be able to cut the majority of it on the table saw.

Do y’all think I would need to do something similar to the legs for the armrest as well?

Thanks everyone for your help.

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#8 posted 01-22-2014 04:25 PM

It looks pretty straight forward, the base just glue and screw together,the arm to back mortice and tenon (loose tenons are fine),the front arm to seat glued and screwed or a dowel.
I think a bridle joint would work for the arms but I’m not to sure how it will look ,to cut it out of one piece I think it will look best, perhaps it could be resawn in half and a router out a hollow section large enough for a some metal (smaller rebar might work)reinforcement,it could be epoxied inside and glued back together,making a very strong arm. If you don’t like the idea of metal inside you could use ply wood instead.

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