Two walnut hubs. One of them is threaded… one of them is not. The one that isn’t has a larger diameter hole drilled so the threaded dowel will pass down through it. It’s the one in the back without the dovetail sockets. These will be glued and doweled together after they’re rounded and […]
After the center hub/dovetail joinery is complete, I dimensioned the stock for the cross members on the lower frame. These were mortised into the legs with a half lap joint in the middle where they cross one another. A sliding bevel gauge was helpful to lay out these angled tenons. The mortise […]
Continuing along with the lower chair frame joinery, this video shows a little more dovetail work on the legs, sawing out the 8/4 stock for the hubs, and making the dovetail sockets in the hubs. From there the hub was tapped using a basic threading tool, and the threaded maple dowel I made […]
I managed to complete the chair seat, the upper hub and support arms, when I returned to my Toronto shop and continued working on this project. Upon my arrival back to the city, I roughed out the legs to begin the lower joinery. With the legs rough sawn, I traced the profile using a […]
Continuing along with the Architect’s Chair, the four legs will eventually get dovetailed into a center hub made from the same 8/4 walnut. The hub will be drilled and tapped to receive a threaded dowel that will serve as the main post for the seat. This is how the height adjustment is possible and […]
After the inside of the seat was smooth, I marked the outside profile. You’ll notice at these early stages I left the front corners, or ‘horns’ on the chair. I couldn’t commit to the final shape while I was out East and away from the Architect’s table. You’ll see as we go that once […]
Before you begin to make a seat, there’s a few things to think about. First off- who are you making it for? If this chair is for you then sit your derriere down somewhere and trace the outline of your backside! Seriously – do it. I did it. This is custom furniture after all. […]
Please note: This project is from ‘the cutting room floor’. All of the full scale images from the original files were lost, making the case easier to delete this project from The Unplugged Woodshop book. I still have the original text, but none of the original, full scale images. My apologies for the small […]
“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” – Frank Lloyd Wright No sooner did I complete the work on my architect’s table, back in the winter of 2010; I realized it needed a chair to go with it. Not just any chair, but a chair with an adjustable height.
One could argue that life begins and ends in a box.
From the cradle to the grave~
The basis for so many of our furniture designs.
It starts with a box…A box.
A box with legs.
A box with drawers or a box with doors.
They say we’re the rulers of our own domains.
That isn’t far from the truth.
We decide what tools we use, what projects we build, what wood we work.
How big, how small, how many drawers, how many doors.
“Originality is the art of concealing your sources” – Benjamin Franklin The stillness of the wood shop waiting. Artist and prospector, inventor and engineer. Entrepreneur and entertainer… a poet and a thief. We wear many hats when we work for ourselves. In life, we surround ourselves with objects that […]
“…he not busy being born is busy dying.” -Bob Dylan art: [ahrt] noun 1. a process in manipulating mediums designed to promote an emotional response. craft: [kraft] noun 1. the human skill of creating. Monday, November 14th, 2011. 9:35 AM An alluring aroma rising from freshly […]