Designing and building chairs are
challenging to most woodworkers. It requires good drawing skills. Design layout and careful marking and measuring are essential.
Woodworking skills including hand tool, machines, joinery (sometimes
complex) and shaping are essential. A lot of the complexities of
building can be reduced with careful attention to design.
A chair must be comfortable or it is
not serving the purpose for which it is intended.
The more vertical the seating position
the smaller the seating footprint. The more relaxed the position,
the larger the seating footprint. A barstool is smaller than a
dining chair, which is smaller than a lounging chair, which is
smaller than a chaise and finally that is smaller than a bed...
chair I am making is a lounge chair and I have chosen a seat size of
22 wide (net before arms) by 21 ½ long from rear cushion to front
of cushion. I am allowing 1 rake or slope from front to rear. So
at the spring point the back is 90 degrees and curves away as it
rises. If there is a rear cushion you need to allow for its
thickness... I had my upholsterer, Raul, make a couple of trial
cushions. I specified 5 thick and he used 5 and then wrapped them
with Dacron making them 6 ½ to 7 thick so I need to compensate.
I started by making a lot of sketches.
From these a design was selected and
full scale drawings , a side view and a plan view were drawn by