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mranum

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2012 days ago

I am seriously thinking about tackling one of these chairs and have looked at the Wood magazine plans as well as the plans from Woodsmith. Are there any other plans out there I should take a good look at?

I didn’t care for the webbing in the seat that Woodsmith has in their plan mainly because, well frankly we are pretty heavy around here and I don’t want to build something I have to fix in a short while like ripped out webbing.

Do you sit pretty low to the floor in these? We have some elderly people over from time to time and its hard for them to get out of our low sitting sofa so would I have to alter some dimensions to raise the seat some?

I would laminate the curved arms I think and not steam bend them. In laminating, what is the prefered glue? I usually use Titebond II but I remember watching Sam Maloof in a video and he said that he only used regular white glue for laminating. Other views?

Matt-

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.


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#1 posted 2011 days ago

I recently built one for the daughter—college grad gift—and had a lot of fun building it. As a primary guide, I used “More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” by Robert W. Lang. I modified the design to suit my daughters’ wants. I also went to a local Stickley furniture showroom so I could aim for some authenticity in the chair.
It DOES sit low, but not any more than other large livingroom chairs. It’s very comfortable, however, if you are concerned with people having trouble sitting down and getting up, maybe you need to think of another style that pleases you.
By the way, the webbing will handle a large load.

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#2 posted 2011 days ago

Thanks tbone for the feedback. What I thought for compensating the height was to maybe raise the legs roughly an inch or so. and that should be enough to overcome any issues.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#3 posted 2011 days ago

I built a footstool for her also, Matt. It’s a nice little project to complete the comfort.
If you look at that chair closely, you will notice that the seat cushion slants towards the back to make the person using it to sort of ‘sink in.’ You might try a more upright position so those folks have an easier time sitting down and getting up.

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#4 posted 2011 days ago

Whats wrong with titebond ??? laminating is a good idea but before gluing anything do a dry dummy run and make sure you have everything at hand. Just pretend you in surgery and going through a major operation all tools set out and everything tried and tested dry and cold then have at hand any help you will need the go for it.After all you can’t make an omelete without cracking the eggs good luck Alistair

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#5 posted 2010 days ago

Thanks for the advice!

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#6 posted 2010 days ago

PlansNow has a good plan for a Morris chair. I used it last year when I built mine. It has webbing in the seat though. However, in all honesty I am a Portly guy (polite term for fat) and I haven’t had any issues with the seat. Also even though the chair sits low it is easy to get out of because the arms are the perfect height and style to push off of.

Gary

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