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Wooden Chair Life-cycle

The process of making a chair, from tree, to chair, and beyond
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David Rimar

on 13 February 2011

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You've sat in them, stood on them, maybe even broken them... But have you taken the time to get know your wooden chair? Chairs like all wooden products come from trees Beautiful huh?... well, then this happens... and then THIS happens It is estimated that if deforestation (not of all of it is done for lumber however) continues at its current rate all of the worlds rainforests could be gone within a century unfortunately, trees don't grow in convenient shapes, they must be cut into lumber before they can be used for most purposes a bandsaw makes short work of sawing round trees into rectangular boards now that the trees have been cut they can purchased and made into thousands of products, chairs in this case as long as logging can be done sustainably, people will have a sturdy building material to use: wood from here, the process becomes much finer, as more attention is paid to detail surfaces left rough from the lumber yard can be cut smooth and flat, here a hand plane is used now that the boards are smooth and flat, they can be cut to the shapes needed to make a chair, after cutting they will be smoothed and ready for assembly assembling the parts in a way that's strong and looks good is a challenge almost as old as woodworking itself ancient Japanese woodworkers joined pieces of wood with complex locking joints to compensate for the weak glues available during the time nowadays dowel joints are a very common way to join pieces of wood into a finished chair (your grandparents) chairs are very sturdy, but sometimes this happens... broken chairs can be repaired OR recycled, as usually only a joint will break instead of the wood itself I made the neck of this mandolin using wood recycled from a chair however, everything returns to the earth after a certain amount of time, if the wood of a chair or any other product is allowed to rot it will return to the soil and from the soil, trees grow to repeat the cylce pending that this doesn't happen which would be bad THE END
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