How many of you have a chair or stool in your shop that you built or intend
to build one someday (it seems like it would be a satisfying project)?
Seems like the choice of one's design might say something about
the person who built it (sort of reminds me of tool boxes, but most readers
probably know more about them than I do--and chairs too, for that matter).
I'm the same poster that started a thread on hammers, levels, and squares.
I guess I am drawn towards simplicity. :-) I think I would design a
functional chair, striving to avoid a result that looked like it better
in the kitchen or dining room, but more improved than a spoke-shaved
It's sort of fun to think about.
I really like these Bent and Bros captain's chairs. I bought
one for 40 bucks. It's worn, but it's in great shape. I'm
going to use it as a pattern. I figure after the fourth or fifth
chair, I'll start getting somewhat good at making them.
Bent and Bros went out of business a few years back. They used
to make the university chairs. Someone else makes them now.
My wife came home with a truckload of chairs similar to that in the
summer. They were an exact match to something from her family that she'd
like me to repair. I've repaired things, but never a wood chair. It's a
winter project, and from what I've read, there's a bit of technique to
getting them back together properly, especially since they're broken. I
hear Lew's epoxy calling me.
I would tend to agree with that. I like building (all wood, only) a
certain "style" of rocking chair and other relaxing type seating, in
general, (patio/porch swings). I try to avoid straight line edges and
sharp corners.... Like a good, fetching woman: the mo curves, the mo
betta! There are a few samples in this group:
I like repairing any kind of chair/seating.
Chairs, in some ways are the pinnacle of woodworking. Subtle
variations in gemetry of design can make them comfortable or not. They
require perfectly executed joinery to withstand the enormous racking
pressures they will experience when in service and the geometry of the
joinery and shaped parts can represent a real challenge.
Gustav Stickley, Sam Maloof, the Windsor chair, all legends.
A nobel venture for sure.
On Wed, 23 Dec 2009 02:05:19 -0500, the infamous "Bill"
That's a nice quote, Bill. Uncle Gus was a wonderful furnituremaker,
especially while he had Harvey Ellis on his payroll. My favorite
piece was this bookcase: http://fwd4.me/9Kf Some day...
I always have fun reading issues of "The Craftsman", learning what
things meant the most to people from a century ago.
Work, hell! I'm in decompression mode. My family (3 women of 3
generations) left this morning at 8am. A new record for this house
was made. An entire roll of TP disappeared in under 20 hours. It takes
me 6 to 8 weeks.
REMEMBER: The sooner you fall behind,
the more time you'll have to catch up!
"Any government will work if authority and responsibility are equal and
coordinate. This does not insure "good" government; it simply insures
that it will work. But such governments are rare — most people want to
run things but want no part of the blame." — Robert A. Heinlein
Although I'm stqanding 90% of the time I use a fullly-adjustable
drafting chair in my shop whenever I want to sit. The drafting chair
broke 10 years ago but I found a welder to do the job for just $10.
I have built several chairs, but none for my shop. Certainly building
a chair is a big challenge--lots of strange angles, curves, wood
steaming, and the finished project will be subject to large forces.
Also, there are plenty of chair-building tools. I have not (yet)
attempted a Windsor chair, something I always wanted to build.
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