John sent me these pictures of the billiard chair he built using plan #059 as a starting point. John made a few changes that he felt worked better with this piece and suited his particular needs better. I don’t think I have ever build a project from a plan that I haven’t modified (sometimes unintentional) but usually because I thought it would work better my way.
Here’s what John had to say about the build!
Bruce, attached is a picture of one of the three chairs I constructed. I used your overall plan measurements and mortising/tendon dimensions 100% and they worked out perfectly. The following are changes that I made and some additional comments about the overall chair.
After sitting in the finished chair I noticed that the arm rests need to be about 3” higher. The back rest needs to be about 4-6” higher for the chair to be really comfortable; however, it is great for its intended purpose.
- The arm rest dimensions from your drawing looked out of proportion to the rest of the chair. I slimmed them down and then tapered. I cut the front at 45 degrees and did not go around the back of the rear leg but made them flush with the back.
- I made larger spindles and only three; easier for me.
- I did not us the faux tendons, too much time; however, yours did look really good.
- I kept the rear legs full size which was easier for me to construct.
- I redesigned the armrest and foot rest supports; again, easier for me.
- I made the foot rest supports larger and attached them to the stretcher for additional support.
- I made the side seat supports with 3/4” stock. I did not see the need for 1/2” stock.
Great project. Everyone that sees them thinks they are wonderful. Thanks, John.
John the chairs look great, thank so much for sending them.