Dan Office Chair

                  Mentioned in 2008-03-14 Chair progress and 2008-04-04 Chair finished, as well as this series over at LumberJocks and this project page there.

In our longer term plans, we want to build chairs for our dining table. Charlene and I like to work in the shop together, but I generally have a separate project going on because she doesn’t spend as much time in the shop as I do. So combining a need for a chair for my home office and me developing the skills to do some really nice chairs for the living room seemed like a good side project.

This one's ¾ birch, I had my doubts when I started but the chair seems plenty sturdy. To get that "Maloof" look I’ll definitely have to go for thicker wood so that I can put in more curves, but as a "what I had lying around" experiment with no planning, I think this worked fairly well.

The curves are all cut with a jig saw, clamped together and cleaned up with a router. The splay from the front legs to the back is about 7°, that miter was cut with a Festool saw on a rail. The joints are all loose tenons made with the Domino,

The slats are laminated recurves with 3 layers, they flex a little bit in their sockets, which is fine, but they make noise, so my next version will probably glue them in (although others have suggested that I just wax the mortices). That top rail with the knot in it is mitered together for the angle, worked fairly well given that I was working from scrap and thought I should highlight the knot, but the seams are pretty obvious.

All in all it worked fairly well, and I’ll be doing more of them, though I do want to do carved seats for my next one.