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Curved chair backs2/5
I have been a professional woodworker for 24 years, but have never made a chair
My customer wants to know how much to make this chair
The upper back, back mid piece 1/4” or so and the lower half are all curved. The mid back is going to be the most challenging part for me. It’s one piece of solid quartered oak. This antique set dates back to the 1900’s (1910)
How do you guys suggest i make the curved mid back? It mortises into the top and bottom curved.
I took the pic with my iphone and its giving me errors about thw file size. 🙄. I dont know how to resize
Steam bending, veneer lamination, or band sawing to shape are your 3 choices.
Are you making one chair, or a set? A single chair is likely to be very expensive if you factor in your time making templates and jigs for shaping, boring, routing, ect. Curved chair parts can be very time consuming to produce manually, so you'll probably have to be making a set of at least six for it to be profitable. If you have a cnc and are adept at design software, it could be a good job.
Thx for the responses guys.
Regarding spring back, what application do I need to take that into account? Laminated or steam? If so, do you have any links to where it will explain how to figure spring back?
I have made a lot of chairs. Without a picture its hard to give much advice. If you are talking about a curved splat in plan view, I have made those from the solid. In my situation, I was making 4 to match a set of 10. The originals were solid wood splats. I was able to cove cut the face of the splats on the table saw after hogging out a lot of the waste with a dado. The splats were to long to put upright and band saw. The back of the curve was taken off with the tablesaw and quickly hand planed and belt sanded. I was able to tenon the top and bottom of the curved splat off the shaper with bearing and three wing cutter set up.
I've asked the poster to send me the image - if he does, I will resize it and post it here.
I sent the pics to the Woodweb webmaster email
My 0.02 would be to do away with any notion of steam bending straight away. Second would be to listen to the questions of how many chairs in the run. Char building costs go down almost exponentially with scale. If someone asks for a single chair it may be 1500-2k for a single run. If its a set of chairs, perhaps dining chairs, where your making 10 or 12 pieces you may get the number down in the 700-800-900 per chair range. Maybe lower.
Curved backs in my world (affordable) would be sawn or sawn and veneered. If someone is wanting a period reproduction all numbers are out any they'd better be wallets open.
I agree with Duster. Curved chair manufacturing can be time-consuming and you have to be alert and take proper measurements in order to avoid the best possible mistakes. As per my views, you can take help of the experts like Office Furniture Solutions who have enough knowledge in making such chairs and will also help you in saving time and money.