Thanks for the plans…apart from a minor hiccup using PayPal at my end, all went smoothly, and I was able to download them right away.
When I moved to the city about 12 months ago, I had to leave most of my workshop tools in storage at my parents place, so all I have to work with at the moment are a few manual hand tools and a cordless drill. Lacking use of my larger tools (bandsaw, table saw, thicknesses etc) I made a few modifications to the plans to make life easier. A number of the parts are oversized (eg the legs are about an inch thicker than the plans specified as I was able to buy DAR square lumber in a larger size for only about $5 more than it would have cost to build up the legs as recommended in the plans - and without my table saw, building up the legs could have been difficult, and I wasn’t about to thickness the oversized lumber down with a block plane…), I left out the corbels as the legs are wide and the arms slightly narrower than specified, and didn’t cut the curves in the bottom stretchers. I also used dowels for all the joints as without use of my bandsaw and drill press, cutting the mortise and tenons by hand would have proven a little too time consuming for my patience… I still laminated the curved arms, but used 3 layers of 1/2 in timber, as this was the thinnest I could buy. I used jute webbing for the seat, rather than nylon. The timber used is radiata pine, which I stained with a walnut coloured estapol. The cushions are 6” thick high density foam, which I covered with some upholstery fabric today (the best part is that I was able to find a fabric with boats - wooden boats are my passion, and building them my usual hobby). The seat and footrest are great, but I will eventually need to find something a bit softer for the backrest. I think the plans got it right though - it really is likely to be the most comfortable chair I will ever build. I have certainly ended up with a solid, comfortable, sturdy chair, that will last for many years to come.
The only problem with the chair has been fitting into the lounge room. I built it as we needed more seating, but was hardly able to fit it in! The next challenge now will be keeping my room mates out of it…
Thanks again for the plans, and the ease of transaction. I think they would be great for a beginner, but since I wasn’t able to build exactly to specifications, I used them more for inspiration than instruction. I will definitely be back to your website next time I am looking for inspiration.