- Level arms reinforced to withstand the weight of a child "perching" on them;
- Arms that extend forward to assist in rising from the chair; that permit placing a beverage without bending the wrist;
- Contoured seat and curved back that is "just right" for use either with or without a cushion;
- A deep well at the base of the back to eliminate the "lump" from the bend of a cushion and to prevent its movement;
- Arms that are at "reading height" for holding a book;
- Good stability. . . and above all - comfort!
- The ability to STACK two or even three chairs, to save floor space when storing them for the winter.
Last year, I made a template from some 1/4" hardboard I had left over from a previous project. I picked up some rough cedar boards from my local home center, planed the one rough side,
and roughly cut out the parts. I intended to do the finish "cutting" with my router and a flush-trim bit; however, I ended up breaking several pieces because the bit caught the grain. Grr.
I was frustrated and tired, and left the chair partially done after that, until now.
This weekend, I changed from finishing the parts with a router to using a belt sander--I paid careful attention to which way the grain was going and made sure to keep it with the direction of the sander. I cut out pieces I hadn't yet cut out. I bought new wood to remake the pieces that were broken. And this time, I didn't screw up...I screwed in! (Into predrilled holes, no less!)
I'm not sure when I'll have time to finish, but I've got it well under way!