Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sofa/chair "Design"

OK, back like I suggested I would be with some cut-outs on a full scale drawing. I had established my seating heights and angles. I needed to get going on the rest.
This approach allows me to better see/guess visual weight and layering. Layering meaning how the seat frames play with the sides. I can also quickly make adjustments without much fuss.

Moved on to a bit of a Poplar mock-up. Arms are intimidating. The shaping isn't really represented here in the photo. These kinds of things never come out in photos. Well I'm fairly happy with it and think I have a good direction. I think I'm going to try to thin out everything a tad and see what happens.

I took another look at the stack of lumber I've been thinking of using. Air-dried Walnut. Doubts have stirred upon another look. I thought there was more flat grain in this pile but most of it is quatered. These are also pretty wide "slabs". I thought I would use this because it doesn't have what I would consider the "most ideal" grain for my interest in case-work.
I might feel bad about ripping up such wide planks though quater-sawn isn't typically the best for the kind of cabinets and such I tend to build. It would/could work for something like the nightstands I just finished or a sideboard etc in a similar/linear style.
I generally prefer rift and off rift grain orientation. For this project towards the flat side of rift is what I was picturing. Hmmm.
Also I just can't afford more material. Then there's the problem of finding decent air-dried Walnut.
What I can do is use the smaller flatter pieces for the legs and arms and try to use the "less-desirable" planks for the big frames. Save the rest for work to come.

In any case, I'll sleep on it at least a couple nights.

Oh, I've also come to a name for the last project/style with some input from Eva.
Svea side table.
I would like to build a bit of a sideboard in this style and can also picture a lowish console. Been wondering if I can adapt it to a higher form such as a hall table but haven't put real effort to it yet.


Nick Brygidyr said...

NICK! this chair is going to be amazing, i can smell it

Nicholas Nelson said...

Ha, I thank you for the vote of confidence, though I'm just hoping I can make something decent heh. Seating is something I'm not as familiar with myself.

csd_jr said...

Nicholas, out of the recent projects I've been able to follow on your blog, I'm most excited to see how this chair comes along. I'm not familiar with seating either, but it's certainly intriguing! Good luck on your journey with this project, but I'm sure you'll do yourself proud. If not, you'll probably learn more than you could've guessed.

Nicholas Nelson said...

Hey how's it going? Going to make it out for art-attack or anything? I finally opened the Auroch's Horn for a friend's birthday. Quite impressive!

I've made one set of chairs before and got pretty in depth in a dinning chair design and mock up at IP. I have also been around seating being built and have a general interest in the subject/form(s).
This is a relatively simple design basically in two dimensions. this makes things easier and more stream line, and is often a direction followed in Danish Modern Sofas. In terms of structure it should be easier than that desk I completed.
I'm confident that I can make something structurally sound. Aesthetics is a bit of another game in other seating. As I see it because it's such and organic form/function and nature doesn't use straight lines and 90 degree angles. Plus the whole balance of aesthetic grace balancing with a robust structure... Often the people who successfully make chairs (for a profit anyway) are more or less specialized.
One way to find out what happens ha.

csd_jr said...

I agree; the more specialized chair makers do seem to be the ones who can routinely produce chairs at a respectful rate and price. One-off chairs by a cabinetmaker probably have more time (cost) put into them, so they aren't necessarily as affordable (even if they are probably just as well-built). But, I know you've said you like to put time into your work and that the quality of your craftsmanship is of great importance. Either way, simple or complex, expensive or cheap, high quality work needs to be there or else the time really isn’t worth it (at least to me). Anyway, yeah, I’ll definitely be coming by for Art-Attack! I love shopping for Christmas presents for both family and myself at that time. Glad to hear you enjoyed the beer! I’ll have to try and bring around a bottle of the new seasonal. It is an Imperial Russian Stout. It has rye as part of the malt bill and is aging on Norway spruce tips as we speak. Don’t know if you’re a fan of the style, but the test batches were excellent! I’ll have to post when you are going to be around during Art-Attack so Signe and I can stop by. Later!

Nicholas Nelson said...

Agreed, thanks for the input sir.
Holy crap that beer sounds amazing!!! I love rye, I love stout, and am certainly interested in the spruce! A friend and I once made a Porter with a touch of anise aged on oak. I'm certainly interested in stepping a little outside the box :).

I'll actually be taking the part-time off for art-attack this year so I should be around for most of it.