Tight Wire Chairs
OK here we go, I've started the build of two tight wire chairs.
The chair makes it's appearance at about the 1:31 mark.
A picture of the chair in use.
here is a line drawing of it.
From the source, here is what they have to say about the wear and tear of the chairs.
The drop to the stage is about 2 meters, or just over 6 feet, twice a day, so building for strength is paramount.
In the show, after the chair is dropped from the Highwire, it bounces in the net; this does not hurt the chair.
After the net is released, depending on how fast is comes down, it hits the stage at different angles every night.
The damage is inconsistent and unpredictable so we want the whole chair to be built with strength in mind.
The design is all fairly straightforward, with the exception of the rear leg.
To make that rear leg in one piece I think is a mistake, it will just snap. It splays out to the side and out to the back.
I have the idea of making it out of several thin pieces of wood, and bending the rearward splay into the lamination, while leaving the width of the lamination wide enough to cut the sideways splay on the bandsaw, if that makes sense.
I'd love to hear some ideas if you have them
The front leg is most likely to fail, look at this picture....
The close up is of the side of the front leg.
How to make these corners stronger. I think that they are just simple Mortise and tenon, but know one knows for sure, as the paint is rather thick, but I've been toying with the idea of doing a sliding dovetail to make the joint stronger, but maybe that is not a good idea, and I should just go with mortise and tenon and then pin them as I did with the Chinese chairs....?
The wood is beech, it is strong and works well, and as it is paint grade the simple grain does not matter.
The chairs are reinforced with metal brackets and such, which I'll also be making, more on that later.
Not nearly the volume of the Chinese Chairs, but they are certainly more complex.
I'd certainly like you input on these.
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