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    A Ladder Back Chair with a Rush Seat



    I had a few minutes to play last night so I decided have a go at this ladder back chair I came across in a book from around 1904. The original had a straight back but after drawing it, I decided I wanted a little bit of an angle on the back. I bent the back posts 5° although maybe that's too much. It's hard to tell in this view but the center of the seat is lower than the edges. Making the seat was an interesting process which I might write about if there's interest. It makes me want to learn how to do that kind of work in reality, too.

    I drew all the parts to the diameters from the original but I think at least the back posts should taper more and the knobs should be refined.


    You can see a little better that the seat isn't flat in this view.
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    Impressive "few minutes" of work Dave ... very cool!

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    Thank you Kerry.

    It really didn't take very long to draw it. All simple shapes and a couple of plugins.
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    Gee, I can't draw that good---even when I use a camera.

    Dave, you really do excellent work.

    Enjoy,

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    Looks good Dave, I would use 3 degrees, IIRC when I took the workshop with Sam Maloof he said he used 3 degrees and I used 3 degrees on the ones I made last year for the church commission.
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    Thank you gentlemen.

    Don, thanks for the suggestion. When I replace the posts with new ones—more taper and nicer knobs—I'll bend those at 3° and see how that works out.
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    You can't tell it but I straightened the back to 3° and slimmed down the back posts. I think the 3° bend looks better anyway. thanks Don.

    Last edited by Dave Richards; 04-09-2011 at 10:46 AM.
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    Dave, you mention ' a few minutes and some plugins'; perhaps a quick description of the plugins and what they contributed might be useful to record for future readers?
    So do I type something witty here?

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    Thank you Tim. that's an excellent idea. I'll put something together.
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    Tim, is this what you had in mind?
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