custom wood a-frame chair

Custom A-Frame Chair Design and Build

I've been spending a few extra hours each day working on a custom A-frame chair that I saw in the book The Furniture of Sam Maloof, I have also talked to someone over at the Lumber Jocks Forum that has built this chair. I have actually wanted to build this chair for a while now but because I wanted to use the Maloof joint which from what I can tell has not been done before. This took some extra figuring before I could proceed.

custom chair design process tools

Here are some of the tools used during the design and build process. We have some templates, a bendable radius tool in the background.

custom a-frame chair build process

a-frame maloof joint custom wood chairHere is the chair so far, i've figured out the basic dimensions I want, height, seat height and width. I proceeded to create a seat, make a few Maloof joints and do some test fitting.

maloof seat joint custom a-frame chair

rough carving wood seat

maloof style rough carved seat

custom wooden a-frame chairHere is a close up of the leg seat joints before the sculpting process.

music chair custom wood

This picture shows the leg to seat joints that allow the strength to use this a-frame design.  This is just half of the Maloof joint the legs have a dado that mates perfectly.

I've now spent some time doing the rough grinding to create the seat shape.

Here is a front shot of the seat, this shows the contours after the rough grinding.

I've now done some shaping on the rear legs and on the seat. I like to spend time looking at the chair during the process assessing the lines and fairness of the curves.

I temporally installed a back rest to finally enjoy a sit in the chair. 

After all no matter how nice a chair is if it does not sit comfortably it's a bad chair!

Part 2 of the custom a-frame chair design and build