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Re: Notes on "Simple Plank Chair"

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  • Mark
    Yeah, that s the one thing I miss the most at events, a chair with a back. It s not the greatest, too straight, but it s got one. The back is higher than
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 23, 2010
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      Yeah, that's the one thing I miss the most at events, a chair with a back. It's not the greatest, too straight, but it's got one. The back is higher than necessary, but since the local big box store doesn't sell anything shorter than 12' for a 2x12, I kept the back height in the plans. O
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      > Yeah there are a couple of features to that I find questionable. I think I would cut the front foot flat and inset 2 dowels that fit into blind holes in the seat. Likewise the notches in the stretcher are weak. If you dadoed a groove into both sides of the stretcher and made the slot in the front foot narrower that would remove the issue. Finally I would mortise and tennon the stretcher into the back rather then a drop in piece. If done just right the wedge on the stretcher would pull the front feet into the seat into the back and lock the thing together so it didn't fall apart when being moved...
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      > But other then the back support is there a reason to build this rather then a bench? The construction technique looks very similar to certain benches that I have seen but the legs on a bench can be splayed for stability while getting the notches inward to resist splitting. I can't see this back being very comfortable to lean against, nor very stable. It might make for a comfortable 'in armor' chair but that includes a lot of extra wood to carry for the back when a bench would probably do.
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      > Best of luck on your next construction!
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      > Sean
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      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "Mark" <mross7@...>
      > To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:17:10 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
      > Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Notes on "Simple Plank Chair"
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      > I built two of these a short while ago, and noticed a few things.
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      > The stretcher running under the seat is marked as 19.5", but I believe it's 0.5" too long; the seat wont fit in the tenons of the front legs.  
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      > I also found out that the 1.5" "projections" created by the notches are too weak sense the grain tends to align with weakest point, and needs re enforcing. Both projections popped off the under seat stretcher of both chairs when someone tried to lean back.  I dropped the seat on the floor of my shop, and one of those projections broke off.  So I've glued the popped parts back on, and then drilled for a 0.5" hardwood dowel through these projections, but I haven't tested it yet.
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      > I plan to dress it up a bit(I sold one within hours of setting it up, even with the broken parts) and I still look forward getting good use from it.
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