The upcoming Dining Chair build is going to be pretty interesting. I’m in the process of working out the details and something fairly obvious just occurred to me: there’s no way I’m going to commit to building the six chairs Nicole is forcing me to build without confirming I actually like the design! That means a prototype is absolutely necessary. But how I do I fit the prototype into the video series? By simply making the series about the prototype! It’s one thing to watch me construct a chair from a pre-made plan. It’s a whole other ball of wax to see the design process and experience my thoughts and mistakes as we build the prototype together. The entire first video will be focused on extracting dimensions from other chairs I like and incorporating them into a new chair. More specifically, showing you what dimensions matter and how you might be able to make these sorts of decisions for yourself. I’ll be showing top-down views of my sketching process as I make full-size drawings and work my way toward actual templates. Even if the prototype isn’t perfect, you’ll be armed with all of the information you need to build our exact chair or one more suited to your tastes. 

So in the end, you will eventually have a set of plans. And folks who come along after the project goes into the archive will receive a set of plans. But for those of you coming on the journey with me this April, you’ll get to see the process in near real-time and possibly even influence some of the design decisions as we go. 

Whether I make changes to the prototype or not, I’ll also get some footage of me batching out my six chairs if only to show you some of the techniques and tools I’ll be using to speed up the process. 

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Alan March 30, 2017 10:50 am

Really looking forward to this. I need to make 8 chairs in total. Was going to make a prototype also to get confirmation from my better half that the design and feel were acceptable. Looking forward to it!

Nigel March 27, 2017 12:35 am

Hi Marc

When I eventually get around to doing the farmhouse table, do you think I could substitute these chairs for the long bench?


tombuhl March 24, 2017 5:54 pm

Finally a Guild Build using my process…i.e., built it and then make the plans…or course I usually don’t get around to making those “promised” plans…but I do take quite a few pix which are helpful to either revisit the build, or utilize some aspect of that. I am looking forward to seeing how you do with it.
I have a super talented brother-in-law who has been working on high design dining room chairs for maybe five years now. Pushing the boundaries of bending. Lots of fractured wood has been produced, but no chairs…yet.

Keith March 24, 2017 2:27 pm

I want to build a couple out of cherry but figured I would work out learning on some poplar, glad you are thinking the same way. In one of your videos you said just go for it as the final product and you will learn more or something to that effect. Now I don’t feel as bad starting with some cheaper wood. I’ll use templates and a pattern bit for the Cherry 🙂

woodenshoe March 24, 2017 1:34 pm

Could you please include a arm chair alternate if you aren’t already planning on having it ave arms. Or at least just the plans for it.

    Marc Spagnuolo March 24, 2017 1:37 pm

    It’s something I’m considering but can’t necessarily promise at this point. I’ve got my hands full with one design and six chairs.

Andrew March 24, 2017 8:46 am

This excites me i was excited to build along with a plan for a chair, which i’ve failed at making personally quite a few times. Now i hope to learn some tools to make personal designs better. P.S. the picture of the tripod gives me slight anxiety.

agrajag119 March 23, 2017 8:47 pm

Sweet. Do you have a rough guestimate on board feet per chair? This will be a build-along for me assuming my second munchkin doesn’t arrive early

    Bryce March 24, 2017 3:58 am

    I had a similar question. How much, what type are you thinking?

    Marc Spagnuolo March 24, 2017 10:40 am

    Not at this point. I should know more in a few days.

    Marc Spagnuolo March 24, 2017 10:40 am

    I will likely use cherry.

vich March 23, 2017 8:15 pm

Very cool. Looking forward to this.