Popular Post Chestnut Posted October 1, 2019 Popular Post Report Share Posted October 1, 2019 It's been a while in the making and it's about time that I started a Journal for this build. This is going to be a combination of Dining Chair Builds and a small part of Rocker builds. I've been chatting with @Bmac for the better part of the last year getting advise on chairs and sculpting seats. I'll include portions of our conversation where it helped me a lot. I started out with a rough design. I saw years ago in a furniture store a chair with the negative shape of a cat tail in the back rest. It always appealed to me. The region I live in is dominated by wetlands that have 2 distinct species of cattail. My initial design is below. And prototype #1, I expect there to be 3 to 4 full prototypes. The overall look was a bit clunky and after incorporating a lot more curves into pieces that are in the same room as the chair it made more sense for the looks to be more refined. I didn't want to angled side aprons but after prototype #1 I don't see a way around it. The look of the chair was just wrong. I went back to the drawing board and added some curves and changed a few things and had model #2 made (left chair in the image below). The dimensions of the chair are 16" from front of backrest to front of seat edge. and 18" wide at the front. This made the chair look wider than it was long and I didn't like that. I want a bit wider of a seat for comfort sake. To make the look a bit better i pulled the front width of the chair in to 17" and resigned my self to angles and narrowed the back to 15" overall width. This made all the difference in the world. I pulled the headrest down some to leave the legs proud to shape some horns. I also narrowed the back rest a bit. The leg length is going to be 41" with the distance from floor to top of apron in the back being 1" lower than the front. This 1" lower will slope the seat back to make the chair more comfortable. I may end up goign further with this in the end, as i make prototypes I'll play with dimensions and see what I like. Bmac and I discussed the pros and cons of doing more drastic sculpting to lower the butt area or cutting the back legs. In the end there is goign to be a combination of both sculpting and leg cut. 1.5" lower represents a 5 degree negative angle which isn't drastic. Prototype #2, you can see the changed dimensions have a large impact on looks. This is also my very first attempt at sculpting out a seat. I'll post more on this later as I'm experimenting. The seat sculpting is tough. Getting things roughly symmetrical and trying to eliminate high spots becomes difficult. For my first attempt it seemed like I'd remove 1 high spot and create another. I tried to get some racking light on the chair to show the challenges with this technique. I'll be documenting more on the seat later as I'm going to do a second power carving alter this week. 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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