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Yes you can glue the 'L' bracket directly to the legs. I would recommend wood glue. After 24 hrs, screw in a few 2" deck nails (I did 3 per side). I would not recommend using dowels because it might pop out the side of the seat like you mentioned. And they don't provide any clamping force compared to screws.
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It's my pleasure, and the chair looks great! You've got a nice and cozy setup with those cushions :)
Congrats Peter! Great idea making a template. And those chairs look amazing with the decor!!
Thanks Jonah, I would say it's still pretty close to 5/4! The stock I used was already smooth so I only had to do a little sanding around the joints to get the surface flush. I would try to keep the legs as close to 5/4" thick to help with stability from side to side. Good luck!
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That looks awesome, great idea.
Yep it's still rock solid. But if I were to make some improvements, I would consider making the arm rests wider and adding a head rest. Also choose the seat back angle that works for you by testing different angles on a prototype. The angle I chose is perfect for watching TV or reading a book. Good luck!
Wow, that looks great, especially with the chamfered edges! I like how you used only wood joinery and sourced your own wood. That's cool!
That's awesome! I'm glad the plans worked out. Can you send a picture in the comments? I'd love to see how they turned out.
Yep that's right. I wanted the chair to be really comfy so one could sit in it for hours without feeling discomfort, so I did my research beforehand. I found this helpful resource: https://www.core77.com/posts/43422/Reference-Common-Dimensions-Angles-and-Heights-for-Seating-Designers and used it for the dimensions of the prototype and then made some slight adjustments for the final build.
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No problem! I'm glad your able to relate with this chair and this Instructable is going to good use!
Thanks, I really appreciate it!
Thanks for bringing this up! I too was concerned about this during the build, and I found Matthias Wandel had a great resource on wood joint strength (https://woodgears.ca/joint_strength/). Like stumitch said, dowel joints are pretty strong. They can take a lot of shear force due to the penetration of the dowel into the wood. As for lasting decades, it depends on how long the glue holds. Dowel joints depend on glue for strength (as opposed to dovetails for example), and if the glue bond is weakened, then the joint falls apart. Wood glue should hold joints together for decades, but as we see with joints falling apart on old furniture, longevity is not guaranteed. These doweled joints will definitely hold up in the short term but in the long run we'll just have to wait and see.
Haha your totally right! That glue up took a lot of eyeballing and I wasn't able to make too many adjustments before the glue became tacky. When I got home, I was so worried that it wasn't lined up that I analyzed the single photo I took. I annotated the photo by extending lines from the legs, and if all the lines I drew met at a single focal point, then everything was parallel. It was pretty close and I guess I got lucky in the end!
Thanks you, I appreciate your feedback!
Thanks you! It's very comfortable, especially with a footrest, I could sit in it all day :)
Thank you! I love projects that look great and are fully functional too.
Thanks Ross! I'll get the files up by tomorrow. I wanted to make sure they were perfect before I released them. Here's a sneak peek... :)
That's awesome! Please let me know if you have any questions and send a picture when your done!
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Thanks for your feedback, I really appreciate it. I made edits to the the process in steps 2-4 to make it easier to follow.
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Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the cutting process. But you can check out https://youtu.be/GCZtB8qLydY where Peter Brown shows how he made a cutting board with a similar pattern.
Thank you, I really appreciate it!
Awesome, I’m glad you liked it! Let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for your kind words!
Yep, they add structural integrity but don’t get in the way of the design!
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