bench / pew with contoured seat & back - design help needed

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Forum topic by mark24 posted 05-04-2009 10:55 PM 2073 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2009 10:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bench pew

I am considering making myself an interior bench, very similar to a church pew.
I have some 4/4 oak that I had milled from a tree on my parents lake property,
and I thought it would be a great idea to use this wood on my bench project.
I would like it to be as comfortable as possible without introducing any cushions.
I want the seat and back panels to be contoured rather than just flat.
Other than making some time consuming “mock-ups” of the contour profiles and
angles, I thought I would see if any one has already gone through the process
and would be willing to share a profile drawing on a grid that I could enlarge.
Or maybe offer some advice on how to make it ergonomically comfortable.

thanks Mark

-- Formula for success: under promise and over deliver. Mark, WI

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 11:48 PM

Sorry in the past I have just made up a contour and used a plywood pattern to check it’s consistency as I work on the seat. perhaps you could make a card board pattern from a church pew or find one at an antique store.

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