Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Part 4- Final shots of my Windsor Chair with Table Surface

I am really not sure what to call this chair but I am pretty psyched about how it looks.  Especially this shot with the laptop.   This was the picture in my mind when I started to design the chair.  It really puts the laptop in a usable position and the silicone pad keeps the laptop secure from sliding. Let me know your thoughts on this one.

I am thinking about calling it the New Jeffersonian Windsor because Thomas Jefferson made the first swiveling Windsor chair and many other engineered gadgets.  It would not be far fetched to find something along these lines at Monticello.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Part 3- A Step Beyond Show Piece- Chair with Table

Here are a couple of quick shots of my new Chair w/Table.  The round table pivots from the outside of the arm to the inside of the arm.  The black surface is the removable non-skid silicone pad that I cast to fit the top.  The design has its roots in traditional windsor chairs with a writing surface but I wanted something a bit different.  The table could be used to write a short note but I see it more as a place to put a glass or snack and also a surface that could hold a laptop computer (with the use of the non-skid pad).

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Part 2 Windsor Chair w/ Table for the "A Step Beyond" Show

This new chair design takes my New Waltham arm chair and adds a small table surface that will move from the outside to the inside of the right hand palm of the chairs arm.   I turned a cherry "candlestand" top for the table that will be a handsome surface but I wanted a non skid option.  To achieve this , I turned a corresponding mold piece in which I made a silicone pad with liquid silicone.  In the image above I am peeling the molded silicone out of the wooden mold.

Above, the pad is pictured in the finished top.   The nonskid nature of the pad keeps it from sliding around and it is a nice surface to keep a glass or mug from sliding also.  It can be easily taken off of the table and cleaned.   One of my first thoughts in coming up with this design was to create a surface that would hold a laptop computer without risk of it sliding around on the table top.
The metal parts are with the machinist now being finished up.  In a day or two, I should have the whole thing together.

Stay tuned,

The State of Craft: A new piece for a show of furniture by the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers

The show is called A Step Beyond: Collaboration, Innovation,  New Works by the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers.

The opening for this show is on July 9 at the Firehouse Gallery on Church Street in Burlington, Vermont.

My piece for the show will be a chair with a moveable table surface.  In the next few blog entries, I will be posting pictures of the chair as it progresses.
Below, I am beginning to rough out the seat shape with an adze.   Next I am using an in-shave to smooth out the rough surface and to take it a bit deeper with more control.

Next the travisher is used. This too is a combination of spoke shave and hand plane.  It is produces a very controlled cut.  
The next two photos show the seat after the first shaping and then after the seat extension has been drilled to accept the post that will support the pivoting table.  I am working with a machinist who will take this rough pipe and make it into a working table support that we have designed together.

Friday, June 4, 2010

A New Variation on the Windsor Desk Chair

This latest desk chair is just a bit different from my last one.  This is my New Waltham arm chair design. It has the Waltham seat and arm rail but with a Cod Rib crest rail. This is the first of these to be completed, although I am now working on a set of New Waltham arm and side chairs for a client.  Those are standard dining chairs and not desk adaptations.  To see my other two Desk/Office chair designs to date. Click here.
The base allows for height and tilt tension adjustment as well as it can be locked in the upright position.  I price these the same as my regular chairs so this chair is priced at $965.   This price includes a carpet castor.  A floor caster is available for another $30. or so.  These really do add class to the home computer station.
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