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A "Set" of One Chair

I was going to make 4 chairs and a table for our patio. But this one chair took so long to build, I have decided to leave it as one of a kind - no set this year. It's made of cypress. I resawed the wood down to about 3/16" and dry bent it around a form, laminated and glued it up and it did pretty good. The time consuming part was making mortises on the curved surfaces. I love my power tools, but the only way to mortise a curved piece into a curved piece is by hand. I ended up doing through mortises and putting a spline in the tenons. It turned out to be a lot of work to get the angles right on the mortises - I managed to get both sides about right, but I am not sure I could get three more chairs to match! So, this will be a set of one.

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Comment by William Burton on March 18, 2014 at 9:27am

Thanks, Justin. LOL, it was more work than I thought it would be! One of these days I am going to try to come up with a design that is a bit easier to build.  

Comment by justin waldron on March 18, 2014 at 8:56am

Great job William!  I can imagine the work this took!

Comment by William Burton on March 17, 2014 at 7:30pm
Hi Chris,
I don't have any plans, unfortunately. I bent all of the curved pieces around forms and glued up the laminations, which held the curve when it dried. What made this project really difficult was trying to cut accurate mortises into the curved pieces. Mortise and tenon joints were the only way I could come up with to maintain the needed strength. I have not gone back to make any additional copies, so it is still one of a kind.
Comment by Chris Mullen on March 17, 2014 at 6:13pm

Any chance you have plans for the chair or other pictures of chair to get better idea how to build it

Comment by William Burton on March 18, 2012 at 10:49pm

Thanks, Joan. It did turn out okay and I use it regularly on our patio. I appreciate your kind comment.

Comment by Joan Gribskov on March 18, 2012 at 10:40am

It's a beautiful chair - I think I would gravitate towards it!

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